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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Hyperion; oder, Der Eremit in Griechenland
  • Friedrich Hölderlin
  • German
  • 11 November 2019
  • 9783938484197

About the Author: Friedrich Hölderlin

Johann Christian Friedrich H lderlin was a major German lyric poet, commonly associated with the artistic movement known as Romanticism H lderlin was also an important thinker in the development of German Idealism, particularly his early association with and philosophical influence on his seminary roommates and fellow Swabians Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling.



10 thoughts on “Hyperion; oder, Der Eremit in Griechenland

  1. says:

    which book to take along on a desert island I hesitates between two Poetry of course Holderlin or Ren Char The fragile mentale child of Age of Enlightement or the giant hero of Resistance against nazi The problem is traduction In french, It s Philippe Jacottet a poet who translate Holderlin It is a little too hermetic from my point of view So I m complain to learn german to have my own translation So Holderlin or Char I take both.

  2. says:

    What a marvel, what a work of art I read this novel slowly, relishing each letter in turn It inspired me and moved me Truly, a masterpiece

  3. says:

    HYPERION By Friedrich H lderlin A Romantic Novel, composed in seven years, from 1792 to 1798.It is H lderlin s key to fame, his masterpiece, a Gem of German Literature.Food for thought for scholars, many books have been written about the Hyperion.It is the story of a young Greek dreamer, who wishes to liberate Greece from the oppressors and see Ancient Classic Greece come alive again Linked to real historical events, the Turkish Russian War 1770 in the Peloponnese Hyperion participates in some battles.The author tells the story in form of letters written by Hyperion to his friend Bellarmin, with the exception of a few letters written to and from Diotima, his true love.Actions have little place in the story, it is all about Hyperion s dreams and life and love experiences.First he meets Adamas, a wandering philosopher, who wakes Hyperion s passion for Ancient Greece and its Gods and Hero s.Then he will meet Alabanda, a beautiful young man who takes a liking to Hyperion, liking that resembles very much an erring love between them But soon that friendship breaks up.In Mai the next year Hyperion meets beautiful Diotima, and they fall deeply in love However, as much as Hyperion loves her, he is carried away by his ambition to fight and liberate Greece He meets up again with Alabanda, and they both join the ongoing Turkish Russian war.There is no happy end in sight.The main characteristic of this novel is the extreme high level of language and vocabulary.Sometimes too much so, to my taste A great reading experience however.

  4. says:

    A German writing a love letter to greece It was a different time all right More than that it is a biographic tale about loss, love, romanticism etc It mixes quite skilfully bildungsroman and epistolary writing, what were pretty much the fashionable writting gimmicks of its time If you have a love for German Romantic literature and philosophy do give it a go If you liked Goethe s Werther, you ll probably like this

  5. says:

    I kept reading here and there that Holderlin influenced many philosophers and poets I read Hyperion partly because I read his name many times and I didn t know why he is so influential Now I know.Even if I read the translation rather than the German version of Hyperion, the ideas enclosed in it are interesting enough to ignore the loss in translation.

  6. says:

    I ve read a number of H lderlin s poems dense, lyrical, often fragmentary, and a touchstone for everyone from Nietzsche forward to Heidegger and forward to the deconstructionists and quite admired them, even if I m not entirely sure what Heidegger was going for when he pontificated about them with a swastika on his armband.But Hyperion is somewhat different It s a rather straightforward romantic novel, with its idealistic narrator, its epistolary style, its glorifications both of classical Greece and the then current romantic national ideal Maybe not one of the greats, but perfectly serviceable, and, if you re of a romantic than my hardbitten prairie self, then you might truly love it.

  7. says:

    This book reflects my enourmous love for Ancient Greece and at times I caught myself thinking the same grand exclamations that Hyperion voices out One of the books I wish I had written Not a love story, not a war story a bit of both a story of truth, told in the manner of German Romantism which I love I reccomend this book to anyone who has a thing for beautifully put words and a burning love for the Ancient times I m sure lots of people do.

  8. says:

    This is mostly the kind of high drama romantic self absorbed and overblown narrative that I hate and I mostly hated it It s actually written as a series of lettersthey don t work as letters of course What I did like was that the introduction was in the translator s postscript I so prefer reading about authors after I ve encountered their work The postscript also reconciled me just a little not to the content, but to Holderlin himself I feel that in the shorter form of poetry, where the undeniable beauty of some of his phrasing could shine without being enmeshed in a long outpouring of sameness that makes your eyes glaze over Particularly if I read German I still find it a little hard to see what Nietszche liked about this book, or anyone Holderlin s descent into madness, however, though unsurprising from the high maintainence hyper sensitivity and self obsessions of the prose, made me feel a little guilty about my desire to slap all of the characters and the author himself.Of course, this guy was one of the inventors of romanticism From the vantage point of today I find him a stereotyped figure, but this was all new at the time, and it s interesting for the new and undeniably fresher views of god and religion and nature But if you need a cure for using too many exclamation marks, this is for you Oh heaven and earth I cried, this is joy yes Yes With your glorious soul, O man You will save my fatherland From that day on we became ever holier and dearer to each other Profound, indescribable seriousness had arisen between us 40 It continues like this throughout People like me will find it painful This is from the bromance section, which was so explicit to my modern eyes I was quite sure and fairly surprised that he was so openly celebrating ancient Greece in all of its traditions I can t quite bring myself to believe that it was not read so at the time, even though apparently it wasn t, and the passionately rampant love he felt for Alabander was of a metaphor than anything else They sank to the ground in each other s arms and everything It is also often unintentionally humorous And should I taste at times like a crab apple to you, press me for as long as it takes until I am drinkable 42 As for the role of the poet Like the ray of light you must descend like the all refreshing rain, you must go down into the land of mortality, you must illuminate like ApolloI implore you, go into Athens, one time, and look at the men, too, who walk about there among the ruins, the coarse Albanian and the other good, childlike Greeks 118 Ah, the lonely exalted destiny of the great

  9. says:

    There is a forgetting of all existence, a falling silent of our being, in which we feel as if we have found everything There is a falling silent, a forgetting of all existence, in which we feel as if we have lost everything, a night of our soul in which no glimmer of a star, not even a rotten piece of wood illuminates us I had now become calm Now nothing drove me from bed at midnight Now I no longer scorched myself in my own flame I gazed out before me now, silent and solitary, and did not let my eye wander into the past and the future Now far and near no longer pressed together in my mind I did not see men when they did not force me to see them When I culminated my perusing of this stupendous, tremendous, and wondrous book, I truly had to heave out a gargantuan sigh of sheer rapture and purgatory, for reading it was an arrant euphoria and finishing was an utter agony I wanted to genuflect before its contextual grandeur and beauteous writing, the way it had penetrated every modicum of my being with its lexical beauty was almost so divine, and even with this said, I give it no just.It is truly a book of pure gratification It felt like a saunter within a forest ceaselessly oscillating betwixt the summits of love and beatific rhapsody, and the nadirs of consuming dolour, heartache, forlornness, and painful nostalgia for Ancient Greece It spoke of the aching labefaction of idealism and romanticism You can feel how desperately Hyperion and H lderlin wanted to abscond this hefty reality the fact the world is not as holy and pure as he thought it is, which to me makes him credulous and na ve nevertheless, using his own spectacles, I understood his pain and it was expressed beautifully.At times his wordy forest was verdurously green that you d desire to be lost in its bliss for aye, at others it become grievously blue that you spiral with its character into a tumultuous mayhem of anguish and angst.It was indeed one of the most beautiful reads my eyes, mind, and soul had devoured with profound elation and glee, and ah, what a way to lose myself in a world of mesmeric prose other than in this book Truly, an exquisitely marvelous and breathtaking work, and I was so fortuitous to know about it and share the jouissance of reading it, it gave me an indelible warmth.

  10. says:

    The Greeks and the Germans have a tense relationship at the present time, so it is good to be reminded that in the broader view there has always been a strong tradition of Hellenophilia amongst the Teutons This book is an example Hyperion is a Greek, looking back at his attempts to liberate his homeland from the Turkish yoke, and at the course of his love affair with Diotima Neither of these main themes have a happy ending, but there is plenty of poetic pathos in the reflecting There is also a real power, and wistful pleasure, in the descriptions of rustic retreat It reminded me of how some years ago I was sailing in the Aegean with my parents, and we passed close to a small uninhabited island on which perched the ruins of an abandoned hermitage I remarked to my father that part of me would like to spend my life in such a place he agreed My mother thought us both insane This book is, in parts, moving and beautiful but, sometimes, it doesn t quite ring true The language, although poetic, is occasionally overblown and the account of Hyperion s friend Alabanda is impossible to read nowadays without sniggering at its obvious homoeroticism the joke being, of course, that it is only obvious to the contemporary reader or so I m told though sometimes it s hard to believe We are always aware of the multi layered nature of the text Hyperion isn t really a Greek revolutionary, but a German Romantic s idea of what a Classical Greek would have been like if he was a 19th century Greek revolutionary.and of course our own viewpoint, post Freud and post 20th century nationalism, interposes another prismthe effect of all this is to give a certain artificiality to the textAnd yet..Who has not suffered in love Who has not felt the consolations of close, comradely friendships Who is not moved by the beauties of the natural world Who cannot feel the deep joy of rural seclusion, and the Taoist sense of detachment from a world enthralled to the stupid, the greedy, and the vulgar Hyperion, c est moi.

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