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Peter Schlemiel : the man who sold his shadow

Author: Adelbert von Chamisso; Peter Wortsman; Harold Wortsman
Publisher: New York : Fromm International, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Fables
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adelbert von Chamisso; Peter Wortsman; Harold Wortsman
ISBN: 9780880641425 0880641428
OCLC Number: 27430558
Language Note: In English; translated from German.
Notes: Originally published: Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte; 1814.
Description: xv, 87 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte.
Man who sold his shadow
Responsibility: Adelbert von Chamisso ; translated from the German and with an introduction by Peter Wortsman ; illustrated by Harold Wortsman.

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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.

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An Indelible Picture of Human tragedy

by inannaeg (WorldCat user published 2009-06-08) Excellent Permalink

By Ezzat Goushegir, Playwright


It began with my exploration of the word "Schlemiel"! For its personification of human identity and for its designation of those who are unfortunate and succeed nothing in life. That's how I came across to read Peter Schlemiel. But the book gave me a broader...
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