Caspar Hauser: Inertia of the Heart

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Floris Books, 2012 - Abused children - 467 pages
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In 1828, a ragged young man of about sixteen wandered into the city of Nuremberg in Germany. He could barely speak, and appeared to have been released from a strange kind of captivity. Many at the time were drawn to him and felt great compassion--not just for his fate, but also because of the impression his presence made. Kaspar Hauser had a remarkable purity and innocence, and people were touched by his sensitivity and perception. In 1833, he was stabbed to death in mysterious circumstances.

This classic book is a fascinating and engaging novelization of Kaspar Hauser's remarkable and short life. Jakob Wassermann interviewed many people connected with Hauser to glean as much as detail as possible in his attempt to understand the unique young man.

The year 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Kaspar Hauser's birth. Please note that throughout the book his name is spelled "Caspar Hauser" as it was originally published in 1928.

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Who was Caspar Hauser? He appeared in Nuremburg in 1828, seeming to be about 17 years old and claiming to have been kept most of his life in a tiny castle cell where he had no contact with the outside ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Jakob Wassermann (1873-1934) was a Jewish-German writer. He was born near Nuremberg, the town where Kaspar Hauser appeared in 1828. Wassermann's grandfather had seen Hauser himself and spoke of the deep impression he had made. Wassermann's novel of Kaspar Hauser's story took fifteen years to complete and was published in 1908.

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