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About This Book No amount of wisdom could possibly make sense of the mysterious verdict which God intended through this duelA new translation of a key work by one of European literature’s most important early writers One of the few novellas written by the master German playwright The Duel was considered by Thomas Mann and others to be one of the great works of German literature The story of a virtuous woman slandered by a nobleman it is a precise study of a subject that fascinated von Kleist That people are sometimes seemingly punished for their very innocen When a virtuous l

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The Deacon JG Millingen Sir Walter Scott Johann Ludwig Uhland Miguel de Cervantes Andrew Lang John Carl Blankenagel Louis and Regis Senac Alfred Hutton Fiore de Liberi and a collection of the twelve laws of chivalry   Illustrations include Gerhard von Kugelgen Johannes Gehrts Jörg Breu Jüngere and Pauls Hector Mair Achilles Emperaire George Muhlberg and others   Also included is The Duelist’s Supplement – “The Art of Dueling How To Shoot and Slash Your Way To Satisfaction” which includes an entire facsimile scan of Fior de Liberi's Flower of Battle A gripping short

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  • Der Zweikampf
  • Heinrich von Kleist
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  • 15 January 2019
  • 9781935554530

About the Author: Heinrich von Kleist

The dramatist writer lyricist and publicist Heinrich von Kleist was born in Frankfurt an der Oder in 1777 Upon his father's early death in 1788 when he was ten he was sent to the house of the preacher S Cartel and attended the French Gymnasium In 1792 Kleist entered the guard regiment in Potsdam and took part in the Rhein campaign against France in 1796 Kleist voluntarily resigned from ar

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  1. says:

    The Duel A Review Part IIThe Duel by Heinrich von Kleist Toward the end of the fourteenth century as night was falling on the feastday of St Remigius Duke Wilhelm von Breysach who had been living in enmity with his half brother Count Jakob Rotbart ever since the Duke's clandestine marriage to a countess reputedly below his social rank Katharina von Heersbruck of the family Alt Hüningen returned from a meeting with the German Kaiser in Worms at which the Duke had persuaded the Kaiser to legitimize as his one natural son Prince Philip von Hüningen who had been conceived before marriage the Duke's other children born in wedlock having died p 3 Moments later the Duke is wounded by an assassin's arrow and survives long enough to pass on the news to ensure the succession During the investigating his widow discovers information implicating Count Rotbart in her husband's assassination but the Count's alibi is airtight and destroys the reputation of a young noblewoman When a former admirer steps forward to defend her honor the duel that follows a trial by ordeal before God results in a very unusual verdictThe Duel from Melville House The Art of the Novella Series from Melville House Books reprints both great and lesser known short novels in as I believe Proustitute said once colorful little lozenge like books and I was rather enad with them until they decided to go with the lowest common denominator And though we've gone our separate ways I still have some forty odd novella lozenges prettying up my shelves many of them unread including their little five volume set of tales that share The Duel as a title These stories by Chekhov Conrad Kuprin von Kleist and Casanova are unrelated to each other sharing only a great and violent clash between two individualsButonly five? Surely there must be than five eponymous duels throughout literature waiting to receive the MHP treatment If not perhaps we need to write some Here are a few ideas I had while reading von Kleist's tale little sparks inspired by a line or two from the story that could turn into stories themselves if I wasn't too lazy or unskilled to write them myself If I did however perhaps Melville House could find room on their shelves for The Duel III by And so the Duchess ascended the throne uite without ceremony and sent but an envoy to notify her brother in law Count Jakob Rotbart of the throne's new heirCount Jakob Rotbart in cunning assessment of this news rose above the injustice done him by his brother or at least he refrained from contesting the Duke's last will and instead offered his congratulations to his nephew on the throne he had acuired pp 4 5 Story In an alternate tale the Count enraged by what he sees as the Duke's betrayal challenges his young nephew to a duel to determine the true heir to the throne His nephew being both unskilled and too young to accept the Count then spends the next several years personally instructing him in the art of dueling and being an honorable man and insisting on a fair fight is unsparing in his teaching the young man in the fine art of killing until they meet for the final lessonWell I'm too lazy to write them but maybe someone else will along with the others from the list below Have at 'em MelvilliansSee also The Duel by Giacomo CasanovaThe Duel by Anton Chekhov The Duel by Alexander Kuprin forthcoming The Duel by Joseph Conrad forthcoming

  2. says:

    When a virtuous lady slandered by a nobleman he is challenged to a duel The story feels like a combination between a fairy tale and opera style dialogue and lamentations While not a great as Michael Kohlhaas this was still an engrossing read

  3. says:

    I can't remember ever fighting for somebody's honor It is possible I have but perhaps too drunk at the time to remember Of course that would have been years ago when I was young and dumb and fought for things as if they mattered In this novella the truth does matter Not only is an entire fortune at stake but the integrity of good people is challenged and mistakes are made contiguous with deceit confounding all in several different ways Love and jealousy share eual billing and the battle between these two reaches almost epic proportion But that is how a good novella is made The jacket flap erroneously states the general plot of the novella but this is still a fine translation and wonderful story Sad for the fact that the editors of Melville House missed this huge mistake on the flap and this is for me beyond belief It is possible an intern wrote this bit for Heinrich and that adds insult to injury It is obvious whoever wrote the jacket blurb had not ever read the book How important it is to have accuracy and attention to details when producing a book as important as this one could be Important enough to be included in a series and finally have its own space alone in book form There is no forgiving this error and for this grievous mistake somebody in these offices needs be held accountable Melville House is doing the world a favor by keeping these important books in print but their presentation needs to be of the very first rank If it were my book and if I were Kleist and so appreciative of somebody finally recognizing my genius and giving me my due and then the house I had trusted and put my faith into had produced an artifact with this type of unforgivable error in it which clearly could have been avoided had the person responsible for writing this copy had read the novella first I would be beside myself with embarrassment The publisher should immediately set the record straight with the prompt and judicious removal of this book from the public consumption and move forthwith to repair the copy for proper publication as error free as reuired by good taste Of course the entire premise of the novella is one of credibility or truth and how it uestions ones integrity and honor I am not at all versed in the history of knights and chivalry and I am also not sure where I got the idea this novella takes place in the 1500's But it sounds good Just as it did for the writer of the jacket flap when he or she stated the premise being Littegarde's husband having been murdered by his brother when in fact Littegarde's husband died of some illness and his death and person had nothing to do with the story at all I kept going back to the flap to find something I surely must have been missing but to no avail But I must report that the main text of the book is error free and wonderful Heinrich von Kleist writes in an easy and flowing manner He tells a good story However this novella could go down as a myth or moral and be closer to the truth than claiming it a masterpiece Though the gifted translation proves the book to be well written the Kleistian idea that God has something or other to do with proving guilt or innocence in a duel to the death is preposterous As much as I do enjoy the culture of knights and honor and chivalric fights to the death does not in any way align me to the creed of a just god ultimately deciding our fate Skill and luck and intelligence prevail in most of our endeavors both good and bad and it would take than a supposed miracle by God's hand to move me off my stalwart position for my consistent stance in denouncing gods

  4. says:

    This is the second of the five books called The Duel in Melville House's Art of the Novella series that I've read and the second that I haven't been crazy about though I'm still curious to read the others and see how I feel about them I think there are two main things that contribute to me having thought this book was OK but not super memorable or super exciting 1 the subject matter and 2 the style OK right I know a book called The Duel is going to be about a duel I don't think that necessarily means I won't love it but it is a hurdle the whole culture of knights and honor and chivalric fights to the death is so very far away in mindset and in time and not just from me Kleist's book was first published in 1810 but is set in the late 1300s There are universal things in the subject matter yes murder and vengeance and deceptions and truths but there are also swords and armor and fainting and it's hard for some of it not to read as melodramatic or well campy I will restore the resplendence of your name before the judgment of the court—and before the judgment of the whole world one character vows valiantly and I just wanted to roll my eyes 21 There are moments when it totally works for me though like the moment of the challenge to the duel itself this is over the top yes but kind of brilliantly so With the eyes of all the court upon him Sir Friedrich snapped the letter from the herald's outstretched hands and giving it a cursory look proceeded to tear the letter from top to bottom He rolled the pieces neatly into his glove and pronouncing Rotbart a vile slanderer threw the glove into Rotbart's face—challenging him to a trial by combat to settle once and for all the uestion of Littegarde's innocence before the eyes of God and the world 24But let me back up plot wise The Duel starts with a murder that then leads to uestions of guilt or innocence for just the accused murderer Duke Wilhelm is arriving home one night when he's fatally struck by an arrow He's just managed to get the Kaiser to recognize his only living son who was conceived out of wedlock as legitimate; his estate therefore passes to his son with his wife acting as regent until the boy comes of age Everyone expects the Duke's half brother Count Jakob Rotbart to be put out by this particularly because the Count and the Duke hadn't been on good termsit's not like the Count will be shattered by his death but he graciously accepts the situation But when the Duchess tries to find out who murdered her husband she learns that the fatal arrow belonged to Count Rotbart which is worrying though she doesn't want to actually accuse him of murder The Count though says he'll swear his innocence before a court and claims as his alibi that he was having a tryst with a widowed noblewoman named Littegarde on the night of the murder She denies it but has no alibi of her own and appeals to a former suitor Sir Friedrich who happens also to be the Duke's chamberlain to come to her aid Sir Friedrich as uoted above challenges the Count to a duel saying the truth of whether it is Littegarde or the Count who is lying will be shown by God's verdict through the outcome of the fight But can humans ever really know what God's verdict is or might things be other than as they initially appear? There are plot twists and surprises and everything is wrapped up tidily at the book's end and I just couldn't get excited about it despite it being a good enough story The style is straightforward and mostly matter of fact and I think that was my other problem In the whole book there was maybe one image that struck me as memorable that of the duel as being like two storm fronts swirling around each other—hurling and deflecting lightning bolts towering above and rearing below the crack of heavy thunder 29 The narrative isn't richly detailed or full of beautiful or striking images or stylistically playful or inventive not that all books have to be or should be but I probably have a greater fondness for the ones that are Sometimes the straightforward style works when the Duchess sends the arrow to all the workshops in Germany in order to discover the arrowsmith who had made it and once found to learn the name of the patron who had commissioned the fatal arrow I thought there was something pleasingly fairy tale like in that it's like the prince in Cinderella taking the glass slipper to every woman in the land to try on

  5. says:

    certain parts of this reminded me of The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum which i adored last year the characters very much came alive for me but i wish time was taken to flesh them out and for the ending to be slowly revealed to the reader a wholly worthwhile read

  6. says:

    A Romantic story in every sense of the word Von Kleist has a great 18th19th c style it's not apparent at the outset WHY this is titled The Duel and makes a neat little story My first Oyster book and Melville House Art of the Novella read

  7. says:

    Read my thoughts at allthenovellascom

  8. says:

    SIX WORD REVIEW A widow's honorsoap operish twist

  9. says:

    A gripping short story that combines mystery action and a touch of sardonic skepticism There is a perfectly well crafted rational whodunit And yet Kleist does not trust such clarity and it is only through extraordinary providence perhaps divine but perhaps not that the truth and justice finally surface Like so much gothic and romantic fiction Kleist sets his tale in the age of chivalry A nobleman is murdered The investigation leads to the doorstep of the unsavory Jakob Rotbart who successfully deflects guilt onto the virtuous Lady Littegarde who in turn is defended by gallant Friederich At first it seems like trial by combat will produce justice Then our hero is thwarted by a bad turn of luck And then again through an improbable turn things turn out alrightKleist plays shrewdly with reader expectations testing us to decide which is stronger our desire for divine justice or our sense of rational causality The happy ending is intentionally a bit unsatisfying as even the medievals must admit that their judicial process obviously barbaric by modern standards works but only as God wills it

  10. says:

    Every time I get riled up about the many ways our current justice system is a farce I will have to remind myself that this ridiculousness was once considered justice and reassure myself about how far we've come after allA story of murder deceit and intrigue set in the fourteenth century All about who has the power of being believed and how God works in the world Remember the kind of logic that said if you attempted to drown a witch and she didn't die it must be because she was a witch and Satan was protecting her but if she did die whoops must have been innocent? This is a little less terrible but still amazingThe story itself is well told though and if you aren't rooting for poor Littegarde throughout well let's just say I have concerns for your soul

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