A mysterious and disorienting tale of deception and adventure, set against the background of eighteenth-century Venice One of Germany's greatest writers, Schiller is best known for his influential dramatic works. The Man Who Sees Ghosts, his only novel, was first published in 1789 and proved to be his most popular work, mainly owing to its masterful treatment of the then fashionable theme of the occult. While in Venice, a young prince of Protestant faith becomes embroiled in a diabolical net of political intrigue and religious conspiracy. Fate takes its course and steers relentlessly towards a climax of shocking violence and death. Schiller's narrative is every bit as beautiful and haunting as its cover suggests ...a darkly dramatic, beautifully composed illustration of the questions of freedom and will Schiller returns to again and again in his dramas and theses. --TOBIA HILL The Times Handsome reissue of what Schiller's one and only novel is an immensely welcome curiosity ...a wonderfully weird little work.
--STUART KELLY The Scotsman Friedrich von Schiller (1759-1805) was a German dramatist, poet, novelist, translator and historian, as well as a friend and collaborator of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
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This unusual novel compels a marine analogue, not only in its setting and pace but also in its snail like action- an engulfing of events, a convoluted return upon itself, an irreparably bloodless chill of intellectualism. Arriving at a beach resort near Monte Carlo, Allan- a peculiarly distinguished and gifted young man- immediately enthralls the society there. His unusual attraction has a foreboding, destructive quality and by universal divination he becomes the embodiment of the death wish, a participant in a mysterious suicide pact. With his secret knowledge the loyalty of the other guests is divided between the antagonism of the more primitive and the fascination of the more sensitive decedents. All are united in outwardly deploring Allan's impending destruction but the unique premise of the story's foreordained conclusion lies in the fact that his actual suicide is enforced by everyone's subconscious (whether vicious or vicarious) desire for his death. Thus, by an unadmitted community of guilt the story of a suicide is transfigured into a mystic murder. This English translation from the French preserves the baroque and poetic prose so well adapted to the singular character of the novel but scarcely helpful in making this more intelligible to the lay reader. An abstruse and difficult book, ultra-sophisticated, with a market designate of the avantgarde. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Friedrich von Schiller
Friedrich von Schiller, dramatist, poet, novelist, translator and historian, was born in 1759 and died in Weimar in 1805.