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Steerforth Press, Fall 2019

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The Marquise of O–
By (author): Heinrich Von Kleist Translated by: Nicholas Jacobs
9781782275299 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Classics Jan 07, 2020
$24.00 CAD
Active 4.75 x 6.48 x 0.33 in 128 pages Steerforth Press Pushkin Collection
A vivid new translation of a timeless classic: Kleist’s tense, ambiguous novella about an unexpected pregnancy

In a Northern Italian town during the Napoleonic Wars, Julietta, a young widow and mother of impeccable reputation, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. This follows an attack on the town’s citadel, in which several Russian soldiers tried to assault her before she was rescued by Count F-, at which point she fell unconscious. Thrown out of her father’s house, Julietta publishes an announcement in the local newspaper stating that she is pregnant and would like the father of her child to make himself known so that she can marry him.

What follows is an ambiguously comic drama of sexuality and family respectability. One of Kleist’s best-loved works, The Marquise of O- is an ingenious and timeless story of the mystery of human desire, and Nicholas Jacobs’s new translation captures the full richness of its irony.

A wonderful new translation of an enduring classic of German literature

A sophisticated and contemporary Pushkin Collection package that will help this compelling novella find new readers

Heinrich von Kleist was born in 1777 into a Prussian military family in Frankfurt/Oder. He entered the army at a young age, serving in a Guard’s Regiment under the Duke of Brunswick. He later studied law and philosophy in his hometown before doing clerical work for the Ministry of Finance in Berlin. Kleist wrote poetry, philosophical essays, plays, short stories and novellas, most famously Michael Kohlhaas and The Marquise of O-. In 1811 he shot the terminally ill Henriette Vogel and then himself.

Author Residence: Berlin, Germany (deceased)

Author Hometown: Frankfurt, Germany (deceased)

Publicity: Widespread US publicity outreach including dedicated US mailing

DRC to be made available via NetGalley and Edelweiss

Additional social media publicity TBC

“Kleist’s narrative language is completely unique.” - Thomas Mann

“One of the most radical writers who ever lived.” - Times Literary Supplement

The Marquise of O— moves breathlessly up and down. It is a masterpiece I continue to be astonished by.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
“Kafka loved Kleist. He would read The Marquise of O— five or six times in succession.” - Dora Diamant, Kafka’s fiancée

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