Faust: Part 1
  • Faust: Part 1
  • Faust: Part 1
  • Faust: Part 1
ISBN: 0140449019
EAN13: 9780140449013
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 27, 2005
Pages: 240
Dimensions: 0.71" H x 7.56" L x 5.04" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Drama. Translated from the German by Mike Smith. A new translation of one of the greatest monuments of German literature. This is the famous first part (Faust. Der Trag die erster Teil), and does not include the extraordinary (and virtually unstageable) Part 2, completed many years later.

First published in 1808, and then, in a revised edition, in 1829, the story--a variant of the old Faustus legend--concerns the scientist (or perhaps, better, natural philosopher), Dr. Heinrich Faust, whose scientific quests, and their lack of success, lead him into a state of great frustration. Parallel to this, Mephistopheles (the Devil) lays a wager with God that he can subvert God's favored human being (for this is Faust).

Mephistopheles appears in Faust's laboratory, having metamorphosed from the form of a stray dog that had followed Faust home, and offers Faust a pact whereby he, Mephistopheles, will aid Faust on Earth, if Faust in turn will serve him forever in Hell. The pact is signed in blood, after some prevarication. The core of the tragedy revolves around the figure of Margarete (known by her familiar name, Gretchen), with whom Faust falls in love. Mephisto aids Faust in his seduction of her. Gretchen kills her mother, unintentionally, with a sleeping potion, Read More chevron_right

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