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Faust is a tragic play in two parts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. Although rarely staged in. Faust. První vydání I. dílu Fausta. Autor, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Původní název Goethe na Faustovi pracoval s přestávkami po celý svůj život. Někdy se . Johann Wolfgang Goethe Faust I Lektreschlsselis a book byJohann Wolfgang Goethe Faust I Lektreschlssel, published onSunday 9. Dec <. The book.

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Preview — Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience, or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.

PaperbackGerman-English Editionpages. Published July 1st by Bantam Classics first published FaustMephistophelesGretchen. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Faustplease sign up.

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If so, is there one to prefer? Daniel Cheng Given that it’s a translation of a work written in verse, different versions will be extremely different based on the translator’s goals and …more Given that it’s a translation of a work written in verse, different versions will be extremely different based on the translator’s goals and competency. I’ve heard that Walter Kaufmann’s translation is good as well, but he abridged the second part and I wanted to read the entire text by the same translator.

Lists with This Book. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is not a review. I cannot attempt to write a review of Goethe’s Faust. It is a much too personal experience, growing with each time I reread it. Since high school, I have been thinking at least five times: After maybe three or four years, I picked up Faust again, and found that I had finally grown up enough to identify with his most famous quo This is not a review.

After maybe three or four years, I picked up Faust again, and found that I had finally grown up enough to identify with his most famous quote, the one I had reverently learned by heart as a student. Banging my head against the wall today while marking papers, trying to figure out how to explain the developments in the world to my own children and the adolescents I am in charge of, I looked up and literally felt Mephisto’s presence in the room.

Unable to get rid of the feeling, I looked at my shelf with my all time favourites, picked up my Faust, with its almost broken spine, and opened it to read It almost sets my heart burning No wiser than I was before: It almost sets my heart burning.

Das will mir schier das Herz verbrennen. Now here I am, a fool for sure! View all 34 comments. Dec 28, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although rarely staged in its entirety, it is the play with the largest audience numbers on German-language stages.


Faust is considered by many to be Goethe’s magnum opus and the greatest work of German literature. View all 5 comments. Mar 15, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Goethe could write his tuckus off.

Rarely have I encountered prose that commingles in such bounty the trifecta of being, at once, gorgeous to the eye, imbued with passion and saturated with depth and meaning. I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier o.lektreschlssel my comments which relate to the version I experienced First impression: I must briefly pause here goeyhe add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experienced and not to my enjoyment of it.

Now, that is just about right for Part 1 of Faust and so I thought I was in for a treat as I listened along with my own copy of the novel. Thus, as wonderful caust the experience was, I did not get a chance to absorb all of the detail and nuances of the story. I plan to read the complete Faust Parts 1 and 2 in the future and will share my thoughts on the work as a whole at that time.

Faust is visited by Mephistopheles and offered i.lektresfhlssel life of hedonistic excess and earthly pleasures as a means of gaining greater understanding of the universe.

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Faust, who apparently had never watched any episodes of The Twilight Zonefoolishly agrees and bargains away his soul. I.lktreschlssel was this relationship that I thought received the shortest shrift in the adaptation that I listened to so I will leave further thoughts on this until I have experienced the complete work. The language is gorgeous and drips emotion on almost every line. Some might think this falls too far into the realm of melodrama, but I loved it and found it vigorous and passionate.

The end is wonderful with the necessary questions answered but certain larger queries i.lektreschssel for us to contemplate. A wonderful experience abridged though it may have been and one that I strongly encourage everyone to read.

Am I to name myself or not? View all 16 comments. Aug 23, James rated it really liked it Shelves: I read Johann Goethe ‘s Faust in English and partially in German during a college course many years ago. It had a huge impact on me as a person and me as a writer. Due to it being somewhat “out there,” I held back a full 5 rating; however, I cannot stress how much this book makes you think. Beware, it’s a little heavy on the literary side, but it’s still worth a read, even if you just read the first portion.

That said, 4 out of 5 stars My room was quiet because i.lektrewchlssel else was already asleep. I was able to read and consciously take in the contents of the work. As I began reading the first part, I was a bit disturbed by the fact that it was not in prose, but that it was in poetical verse. I have never been a great fan of poetry as a genre of literature. I wanted to learn something from the story, as I do from all literature.

When I skimmed Faust for the first time, I tried to read it for pleasure, but it was a little i.lektreschlsse hard. I needed to stop and understand wolfgamg as going on in each scene. However, I soon realized that I was able to place myself inside the text in several different ways. It was at this point that Faust actually appealed to me; I saw myself in the novel as the character of Faust, fighting against the devilish Mephistopheles.


I have always struggled with wanting everything from material things to the admiration of others. As a man of flesh and blood, I naturally want great intelligence, power and love. I have always wanted to be number one – a perfectionist – just like Faust. So, while I was reading Faust, I was truly reading a biography of my own life, albeit on a much larger scale. I too have lost some faith in my religion, and I wonder if I will be saved; however, unlike Faust, at the time I read it, I had yet to want someone as much as he wanted Margaret Gretchen.

I do have the addictive personality that would lead me in the same direction as Faust. With all of this in mind, I read through the novel as though I were Faust.

I.lektrschlssel took on his persona, argued with Mephistopheles, and wished that I had never been born in the end of the work. It is not easy to live a life completely free from the clutches of evil.

When you are hopeless and in despair, you need help. Often, humans are not strong enough to recognize from whom they are getting help.

Faust is a man worthy of my admiration. All throughout the book, both Faust and the actions he sought fascinated me. Like I said before, I felt as though I was reading or watching a movie of my own life. It was as though a dream had come true where I was able to align myself with the devil.

I was able to see what would happen if I.lekhreschlssel took on the persona of evil incarnate turned into man. Faust enabled me to have an out of body experience where I could see what would happen to me if I became what I have always been curious about becoming: Throughout the work of Faust by Goethe, I was able to live experiences vicariously.

Faust enabled me to try things that I only dreamed about trying. I really felt as though I were reading a i.lektreschlssrl about i.lketreschlssel. I think that this is why i.lektreschlsesl Faustian theme has persisted throughout time; men and women everywhere have struggled within themselves fighting between good and evil to achieve their goals and desires.

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