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Mike Mitchell's translation of Simplicissimus was shortlisted for the Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize. qIt is a violent and often all-too-realistic picaresque, set in war-torn Europe during the 17th-century Thirty Years War. Simplicissimus is the eternal innocent, the simple-minded survivor, and we follow him from a childhood in which he loses his parents to the casual atrocities of occupying troops, through his own soldiering adventures, and up to his final vocation as a hermit alone on an island. It is Rabelasian in some respects, but more down to earth and melancholy.a Phil Baker in The Sunday Times qIt is the rarest kind of monument to life and literature, for it has survived almost three centuries and will survive many more. It is a story of the most basic kind of grandeur - gaudy, wild, raw, amusing, rollicking and ragged, boiling with life, on intimate terms with death and evil - but in the end, contrite and fully tired of a world wasting itself in blood, pillage and lust, but immortal in the miserable splendour of its sins.a Thomas MannChapter. 1. How. the. Huntsman. strayed. too. far. from. the. straight. and. narrow. You will have realised from the previous book how ambitious I had become in Soest, how I sought and found honour, glory and favour through actions which in anbsp;...

Author:Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen, Johann Grimmelshausen, Mike Mitchell
Publisher:SCB Distributors - 2011-06-01


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