RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 27430558 LA In English; translated from German. T1 Peter Schlemiel : the man who sold his shadow A1 Chamisso, Adelbert von,, Wortsman, Peter,, Wortsman, Harold,, PB Fromm International PP New York YR 1993 SN 9780880641425 0880641428 AB Asked which book by another author he would most like to claim as his own work, Italo Calvino once said without hesitation, Adelbert von Chamisso's Peter Schlemiel. First published in 1814, this brilliant novel is not only a precursor of Poe, Kafka, and the magic realists - it is a timeless fable with a remarkably contemporary flavor. When a mysterious man in a gray coat asks Peter Schlemiel if he would sell him his shadow, that "lovely, lovely shadow" of his, he naturally thinks the man must be mad. But then the stranger makes him an offer he can't refuse. In return for his shadow, Schlemiel receives a neverending source of riches, and he is convinced he is on the road to happiness. Yet he finds that without a shadow he is rejected by society and unable to find the fulfillment of love. After a series of fantastic adventures, Peter Schlemiel realizes that he must discover a new way to give his life meaning if he is to go on in the world.