- By Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Peter Salm

Faust: First Part

  • Title: Faust: First Part
  • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Peter Salm
  • ISBN: 9780553213485
  • Page: 120
  • Format: Paperback
  • Faust First Part Goethe s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world Here indeed is a monumental Faust

    Goethe s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world 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 HGoethe s masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world 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 Here, in Faust, Part I, the tremendous versatility of Goethe s genius creates some of the most beautiful passages in literature Here too we experience Goethe s characteristic humor, the excitement and eroticism of the witches Walpurgis Night, and the moving emotion of Gretchen s tragic fate.This authoritative edition, which offers Peter Salm s wonderfully readable translation as well as the original German on facing pages, brings us Faust in a vital, rhythmic American idiom that carefully preserves the grandeur, integrity, and poetic immediacy of Goethe s words.

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    1. 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: "This is the perfect Goethe moment, his work is written for ME, NOW, it can't get any better, deeper, or any more satisfying."Well, apparently it can. 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 [...]

    2. First impression: 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. Faust has all three and I was pulled into the seductive narrative from the momentous opening (wonderfully titled “Prologue from Heaven”) through the final dramatic climax.I must briefly pause here to add a qualifier to my comments which relate to the version I experien [...]

    3. 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 starsDetailed Review(about 1/3 of a paper I wrote about it a few ye [...]

    4. Preface & NotesChronologyIntroductionTranslator's NoteThe Writing of 'Faust'Further Reading--Faust, Part INotes

    5. Faust: First Part (Goethe's Faust #1), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Peter Salm (Translator)Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust is a tragic play in two parts usually known in English as Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two. 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. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: یازدهم ماه می سا [...]

    6. A summary:Faust: I WANT TO EXPERIENCE EVERY HUMAN EMOTION,I WANT TO GAIN THE KNOWLEDGE OF ALL FOUR ELEMENTS,I WANT TO FEEL THE PLEASURES OF THIS WORLD!Mephistopheles: Yeah,sure thing bro,but before you do that I want to take you to this weird pub,hook you up with a minor whom you'll knock up & make you attend a completely pointless annual witch ball.Sounds good?Faust: You had me at "hook up with a minor",bro.

    7. Dear friend, all theory is gray, and green the golden tree of life.What else to say? Towering as an archetype, akin to Hamlet, the Inferno and White Whale -- this tale of pact has been absorbed into a our cultural bones, like an isotope. It is more telling to consider that I listened to Tavener while reading this. I recently gave Pandora a spin but found that I owned more Schnittke than was afforded by my"station" but if I leave such, will I miss those Penn Station ads?I will say that I should'v [...]

    8. There's something discomforting about the vague moral convictions of Goethe's Faust character. One would assume, that even a scholar living in Goethe's time would find the typical preoccupations of Christian morality somewhat boring, if not basically delusional and overzealous. After all, the cacophony of self-doubt racing through his mind is not initially brought on by anything that resembles religious guilt. He's a man plagued by the hermetic stuffiness of a lifestyle of perpetual deep thought [...]

    9. Faust by Goethe was the very first book (apart from textbooks, of course) I ever put my hands on. It was assigned to me when I was in middle school for my Spanish class. I know it's a German play, but the teacher was encouraging us to read by asking the whole classroom to donate a book for the course, put it in a box with the others and then randomly pick up one of them each month — now that I think of it, the teacher should have payed more attention to the books we brought, since I don't thi [...]

    10. Goethe’s Faust is a novel rich in metaphor, elaborate verse, imagery, depth, and meaning that not only employs symbolic characters and scenes, but also through such literary techniques weaves its main philosophy of striving and experience as mankind’s rightful path. Ironically, Faust reveals his disapproval for books as a true source of knowledge in understanding the world; we must turn to life and living, and experience instead. I call this ironic because while he denounces books, Faust is [...]

    11. من أجمل ماقرأت من المسرحيات ! تعد هذه المسرحية من أعظم الأعمال في الأدب الألماني.عن فاوست العالِم الذي يحب أن يتعلم كل شيء (وهو بالمناسبة شخصية حقيقية ذكرت في كثير من القصص الأوروبية القديمة)، يتعاقد مع الشيطان على شرط ثم تحصل بعدها أحداث كثيرة ممتعة بنكهة شيطانيةالشيطان مفس [...]

    12. Who knew that this book, one of the most famous in literature, was actually two separate works that seem only slightly related? I certainly didn't. The first part is a fairly ordinary play that gets dunked in profundity through the inclusion of Mephistopheles. There are only a few main characters here, and there wasn't much depth to any of them. I've heard that the German is tremendously good, but it's impossible for me to judge. I switched back and forth in this part between two different trans [...]

    13. 4,5 Sterne.Sehr kurzweilige Faustadaption. Habe wirklich viel gelacht und es auch in einem Schwung verschlungen. Mit den typischen Comicelementen wurde hervorragend herumgespielt und sprachlich wurde Goethe ziemlich geschickt eingebunden.Trotzdem bleibt bei mir der Eindruck haften, dass man doch etwas mehr aus Goethes Vorlage hätte machen können. Also keine volle Punktzahl, aber sehr dicht dran.

    14. Sitting on the shelf with the children of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Coleridge, Goethe's Faust is amazing in its poetry and depth. There are parts of this play/poem which seem to capture the whole drama of Man's fall and redemption within a single rhyming couplet. David Constantine's translation modernizes this amazing piece of High German lit, but George Madison Priest's translation seems, at least to me, to have a more seductive flow and more tempting poetry.

    15. Philosophy, blasphemy, sorcery, seduction, murder and orgy–oh my!So at the roaring loam of timeI weave the godhead’s living garment.I didn’t have the kind of education in which this book was required reading - not that I ever really bothered to read whatever was required anyway. And failing to remember “Goethe” in answer to an IQ question 10 years ago has ever since bothered me to some degree or another. But if such things were in the works to ensure that when I did read this book I wo [...]

    16. Ich verstehe ja sehr wenig vom Genre Graphic Novel, aber alles, was ich in diesem Bereich in letzter Zeit gelesen habe, hat mir gut gefallen.Faust von Flix transportiert das uralte Thema der Versuchung des Menschen durch Mephisto in das 21. Jahrhundert. Diese Idee ist an und für sich schon sehr genial und außerordentlich gelungen: sehr modern, glaubwürdig und konsistent umgesetzt.Die moderne Eventagentur Happy Life schließt zur Wunscherfüllung mit dem Klienten, genannt Opfer, einen Vertrag [...]

    17. Tricksters make this worldLord to Mephisto: "And never come but finding fault always? Never a thing on earth gives you content?"The first conversation between the Lord and Mephisto begins with Mephisto's discontentment towards people in earth. He cannot understand the disparity between humans. The discontentment isn't really a discontentment but inability to accept the things the way they are. Isn't that ambition all about? He doesn't say that out loud but its given to him as an answer by the lo [...]

    18. Goethe's Faust, particularly the first part is one of the monuments of western literature. The characters of Mephisto, Faust and Margarite and unforgettable. It has, of course inspired operas from Berlioz to Busoni and books writers such as Thomas Mann. It was actually adapted from an earlier version by Christopher Marlowe but Goethe's version is even more sinister and lifelike. a Must!

    19. This book--play?--has ADD. Seriously. We start in heaven, with Mephistopheles making some sort of vague deal with God to try and get a Doctor Faust damned. They say that this Faust is some sort of a Job, even though we then cut to him despairing enough to contemplate suicide--and he hasn't even met Mephistopheles yet! The demon then turns into a poodle--seriously-follows him in from a brief walk, and ends up making a deal with him. I'm not really sure about the deal because they throw in all sor [...]


    21. ზოგ ეპიზოდში ისეთი მშვენიერი იყო, რომ წამი შეყოვნდა :3

    22. مردانی اندک شمار که چیزی دانسته اند و آنقدر دیوانه بوده اند که راز آنرا در درون دل نهفته ندارند ،کسانی که عواطف خود را و نظرات خود را بر توده ها کشف کرده اند، در هر عصری به صلیب کشیده و سوزانده شده اند.فاوست - گوته

    23. فاوست الأولـ الاستهلال المسرحي:ويجري الحوار في هذا الاستهلال المسرحي (لفاوست) بين الشاعر من جهة وبين مدير المسرح والشخص المرح من جهة أخري. ويطلب هذان الآخيران إلي الشاعر أن يؤلف مسرحية ترضي ذوق الجمهور كيما يزداد دخل المسرح من المال، بينما الشاعر يشيح بوجهه عن هذا الاتجاه ال [...]

    24. So I read the Randall Jarrell translation which I couldn't find on . I liked Jerrell's prose translations, but the verse lines yeesh. Riding the rhyming struggle bus. It hurt.I don’t know what it is about German literature. I won’t say I like all German literature- Christa Wolf and Joseph Roth are painfully boring- but I definitely like a disproportionate amount compared to non-German lit. I don’t know what it is about their way of looking at the world, but many, many German-language write [...]

    25. 'Through many a long day you'll be taughtThat what you once did without thinking,As easy as if it were eating or drinking,Must be done in order: one! two! three!But truly, this though factory of oursIs like some weaver's masterpiece:One treadle stirs a thousand threads,This way and that the shuttles whistle,Threads flow invisibly, one strokeTies a thousand knots . The philosopher steps inAnd proves to you it had to be so;The first was so, the second was so,And therefore the third and fourth wer [...]

    26. I have read his Werther previously, so was familiar with his Sturm und Drang, but there he created a tragic hero, here it is something different.Exquisite words conduce to exquisite generation, where (I'm reminded of Virgil) each word is child of that preceding and parent to the procession. It has the gravity of a great opera, the lucid and disturbed poignancy of a Shakespearean Lolita and chills more often than it warms.Faust reaches into disheartening epistemology and other philosophic despair [...]

    27. This was mostly confusing as hell. I'm usually a fast reader so I had to take pains to slow down and reread some of the pages to actually get a grip of all the ideas laid there. Needless to say it took me more than a month to finish reading this and even after that I still had to read it a second time just to be sure I understood everything. I love Goethe but I can't deny I had a few choice words for him while reading this book.

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