Germany, a Winter Tale

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Mondial, 2007 - 136 pages
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Germany. A Winter Tale (Deutschland. Ein Wintermaerchen) is a satirical verse epic by German author Heinrich Heine (1797-1856). --- Since 1831 Heine had been living in exile in France; because of his critical works, he no longer felt safe from the German censors and police. In 1835 the German Bundestag passed a decree banning his writings. --- In late 1843 Heine went back to Germany for a few weeks to visit his mother and his publisher, Julius Campe, in Hamburg. It was on his return journey that the first draft of Germany. A Winter Tale took shape. The verse epic appeared in 1844, published by Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg; and before the year was out, the book was banned in Prussia and the stock confiscated. In December 1844 King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia issued a warrant for Heinrich Heine's arrest. Before the book could be published elsewhere in Germany, outside Prussia, Heine had to shorten and rewrite it. --- Our historic bilingual edition presents the German text in a version dating from 1887 and a translation by Edgar Alfred Bowring from the same year. Heine's 1844 Preface was retranslated by Annette Bridges for our 2007 edition.
 

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Page 4 - Lied, O Freunde, will ich euch dichten! Wir wollen hier auf Erden schon Das Himmelreich errichten. Wir wollen auf Erden glücklich sein, Und wollen nicht mehr darben; Verschlemmen soll nicht der faule Bauch, Was fleißige Hände erwarben. Es wächst hienieden Brot genug Für alle Menschenkinder, Auch Rosen und Myrten, Schönheit und Lust, Und Zuckererbsen nicht minder. Ja, Zuckererbsen für jedermann, Sobald die Schoten platzen! Den Himmel überlassen wir Den Engeln und den Spatzen.
Page 2 - Im traurigen Monat November war's, Die Tage wurden trüber, Der Wind riß von den Bäumen das Laub, Da reist' ich nach Deutschland hinüber. Und als ich an die Grenze kam, Da fühlt' ich ein stärkeres Klopfen In meiner Brust, ich glaube sogar Die Äugen begannen zu tropfen.
Page 2 - Ein neues Lied, ein besseres Lied, O Freunde, will ich euch dichten! Wir wollen hier auf Erden schon Das Himmelreich errichten. Wir wollen auf Erden glücklich sein, Und wollen nicht mehr darben; Verschlemmen soll nicht der faule Bauch, Was fleißige Hände erwarben.

About the author (2007)

Heinrich Heine, 1797-1856 Born Christian Johann Heinrich Heine in Dusseldorf, Germany, on December 13, 1797, Heine's parents were Samson Heine, a commercial tradesman, and Elisabeth van Geldern. The eldest of four, Heine studied law at the universities of Bonn, Berlin, and Gottingen. Although Heine showed more of an interest in literature than law, he continued to study about the government, and earned a degree in that field in 1825. Even with his degree, Heine never practiced or held a position in government service. Eventually, Heine decided to follow his heart, and in 1821 he made his debut as a poet with the work Gedichte, translated as Poems. The release of Heine's third volume of poetry, The Town of Lucca, caused quite a stir. In this volume of poetry, Heine satirized the poet August von Platen for his attacks on Heine's Jewish origins. This act discredited Heine, and in 1831 he fled to Paris. There he became a journalist, reporting on French cultural and political affairs. He also wrote travel books and worked on German literature and philosophy, as well as poetry. Heine's best-known works include Atta Troll: A Midsummer Night's Dream, a romantic and humorous narrative poem that satirizes many targets, including German political poets; and Germany: A Winter's Tale, a fictionalized account of Heine's visit to Germany in 1843. Debilitated with a paralyzing illness since 1848, it wasn't until eight years later, on February 17, 1856, that Heine passed away. He was buried at the Montmartre Cemetery in France.

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