The Life of Courage: The notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond
A companion volume to Simplicissimus: the story of young girl named Courage, caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War, who survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits through a succession of husbands and lovers and ends her life with a band of Gypsies. The conceit here is that Courage supposedly tells her story to get back at Simplicissimus, who treats her dismissively in his own memoirs. This is a remorseless tale of lechery, knavery and trickery.
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A companion volume to Mitchell's (equally fine) earlier translation of Grimmelshausen's classic 1688 satire Simplicissimus, this defiantly earthy first-person narrative (which followed it closely, in ... Read full review
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