Heine (Jewish Thinkers Series)

Ritchie Robertson, Arthur Hertzberg

Author note: Arthur Hertzberg (Editor)

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) is certainly one of Germany’s maximum writers. His agile brain and fantastic wit expressed themselves in lyrical and satirical poetry, shuttle writing, fiction, and essays on literature, artwork, politics, philosophy and historical past. He used to be a biting satirist, and a perceptive commentator at the global round him. one in every of his admirers, Friedrich Nietzsche, acknowledged of him: ‘he possessed that divine malice with out which perfection, for me, is unimaginable.’ Heine was once aware of dwelling after revolutions.

The French Revolution had replaced the realm endlessly. Heine skilled its results whilst growing to be up in a Düsseldorf that shaped a part of the Napoleonic Empire, and whilst spending the latter 1/2 his lifestyles in France. the opposite revolution was once the transformation of German philosophy within the wake of Kant: Heine defined this revolution wittily and accessibly to most people, emphasizing its hidden political value.

One of the nice ambivalences of Heine’s lifestyles used to be his perspective to being a German Jew within the age of partial emancipation. He switched over to Protestantism, yet bitterly regretted this choice. In reimbursement, he explored the Jewish prior and found in an unfinished historic novel and in lots of of his poems.

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