The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus (Paperback)

The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus By Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, J. A. Underwood (Translated by), Kevin Cramer (Introduction by), Kevin Cramer (Notes by) Cover Image
By Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, J. A. Underwood (Translated by), Kevin Cramer (Introduction by), Kevin Cramer (Notes by)
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The first great German novel - an extraordinary recreation of the horrors of the Thirty Years War, written by a veteran of the conflict

First published in 1668, Simplicissimus tells the picaresque, brilliantly described adventures of a boy swept up in the Thirty Years War and the terrible things that he experiences. Some of it is realistic, some fantastical but the overall effect is an unmatched picture of Europe torn apart by an endless, sadistic, futile war from which nobody can escape. The Adventures of Simplicius Simplicissimus was rediscovered in twentieth-century Germany where the book's grim message as a story of war in all of its horror and absurdity resonated and the book is now established as one of the essential works of German literature.

About the Author


Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (1621-1676) was born in the Wetterau town of Gelnhausen, an area devastated by the Thirty Years' War. Late in life, Grimmelshausen wrote Simplicius Simplicissimus, which became an immediate and overwhelming success, initiating the German novel tradition. It was widely imitated and existed in many versions and languages. Very little is known of Grimmelhausen's life and it is hard to know how much of his novel is based on his own experiences and how much on tales he had heard of the war.
J.A. Underwood is a distinguished translator of German. For Penguin Classics he has also translated Walter Benjamin's One-Way Street and Other Writings and Sigmund Freud's Interpreting Dreams.
Kevin Cramer is the author of The Thirty Years' War and German Memory in the Nineteenth Century. He is associate professor of history at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780241309865
ISBN-10: 0241309867
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Pages: 496
Language: English