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A fascinating philosophical-literary reflection, inviting us to examine the priorities in our own lives.
What do we think about real life? About a retreat in untouched nature? About death and immortality? Through the lives of our children? These questions also preoccupy the fictional poet and philosopher Moritz Brandt. His friend Aaron sorts through his estate, coming across diaries and essays in which Brandt reflects on real life. The more he delves into these texts, however, the more frequently Aaron asks himself: Where does the desire to change, to become real, come from? Michael Hampe masterfully links narrative and reflection so that we recognize how the distinction between appearance and reality prevents us from coming to terms with our lives.
Fiction. Literary Criticism. Nature. Miscellaneous.
Hampe's text helps to recognize how the distinction between appearance and reality prevents us from really coming to terms with our lives. (Non-fiction bestseller list of ZEIT, ZDF and Deutschlandfunk Kultur), Classical philosophy in its purest form (Kirstin Breitenfellner, Falter), An exciting journey (Gregor Dozauer, Tagesspiegel)
Michael Hampe, born in Hannover, studied philosophy, literature, psychology and biology in Heidelberg and Cambridge. After professorships in Dublin, Kassel and Bamberg, he has been Professor of Philosophy at the ETH Zurich since 2003. He lives in Freiburg and Zurich.
Michael Winkler has taught modern German and European literature at Rice, with a particular emphasis on exile literature, theories of literary criticism, translation and cultural transmission. He is a prolific translator from German into English, from works of Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke and the correspondence between Theodor W. Adorno and Siegfried Kracauer to the writings of more recent philosophical essayists, such as Michael Hampe.