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The Odin field : a story

Author: Wilhelm Raabe; Michael Ritterson
Publisher: Rochester, NY : Camden House, 2001.
Series: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)
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"Wilhelm Raabe (1831-1910) was Germany's greatest realist novelist. He has been called by Jeffrey Sammons "the major novelist in the German language between Goethe and Fontane." Das Odfeld, first published in 1888-89, occupies an undisputed place among Raabe's dozen or so novels of the first rank. It is a historical novel, set during the Seven Years' War, and portrays the socio-political system in eighteenth-century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
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Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wilhelm Raabe; Michael Ritterson
ISBN: 1571132228 9781571132222
OCLC Number: 45015199
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: xxvii, 177 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Studies in German literature, linguistics, and culture (Unnumbered)
Other Titles: Odfeld.
Responsibility: Wilhelm Raabe ; translated and with an introduction by Michael Ritterson.
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Deals with a major period of German history. This book reveals much about German customs, manners, and outlook during the eighteenth century, and yet it also deals with timeless ethical issues in a  Read more...

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The translation is unusually successful and admirable, the edition meticulous and utterly free of error. JAHRBUCH DER RAABE-GESELLSCHAFT

 
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schema:reviewBody""Wilhelm Raabe (1831-1910) was Germany's greatest realist novelist. He has been called by Jeffrey Sammons "the major novelist in the German language between Goethe and Fontane." Das Odfeld, first published in 1888-89, occupies an undisputed place among Raabe's dozen or so novels of the first rank. It is a historical novel, set during the Seven Years' War, and portrays the socio-political system in eighteenth-century Prussia, the deplorable German habit of inviting calamity, the human effort to preserve and protect what is good, and the paltry success that such efforts usually have. From the question of how one may live in a time of great historical change without sacrificing one's humanity, the book derives its moral and ethical ambivalence, the tension that underlies its calm resignation. The Odin Field deals with a major period of German history: it reveals much about German customs, manners, and outlook during the eighteenth century, and yet it also deals with timeless ethical issues in a subtle and convincing manner. The work has never previously been translated into English. A detailed introduction and a generous number of notes provide context and background for the contemporary reader."--Jacket."
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