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  • Published: 14 July 1999
  • ISBN: 9780140446319
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr



Tomcat Murr is a loveable, self-taught animal who has written his own autobiography. But a printer's error causes his story to be accidentally mixed and spliced with a book about the composer Johannes Kreisler. As the two versions break off and alternate at dramatic moments, two wildly different characters emerge from the confusion - Murr, the confident scholar, lover, carouser and brawler, and the moody, hypochondriac genius Kreisler. In his exuberant and bizarre novel, Hoffmann brilliantly evokes the fantastic, the ridiculous and the sublime within the humdrum bustle of daily life, making The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (1820-22) one of the funniest and strangest novels of the nineteenth century.

  • Published: 14 July 1999
  • ISBN: 9780140446319
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $22.99

About the authors

E.T.A. Hoffmann

ERNST THEODOR AMADEUS HOFFMANN was one of the most important writers of German Romanticism. He is probably best remembered for his novellas and short stories, which combine fantastical elements with a darker realism and examine the harmful effect of the unfettered imagination on the pathological mind. His novella The Sandman inspired Delibes’ ballet Coppelia, whilst The Nutcracker and the Mouseking became the basis of Tchaikovsky’s much-loved Christmas ballet.

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