Brimful with love, nature, energy, and intellect: history proved on the pulse and expressed through the heart. A treasure.
Kirkus Reviews

From dross to gold, an enchanting tale of love is spun.

Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl

Fiction by Gert Hofmann

Translated by Michael Hofmann

Goethe, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, Tolstoy, Einstein – all praised the writings of Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799), a mathematician, physicist and astronomer by profession, and an aphorist and satirist on the sly. In Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl, novelist Gert Hofmann weaves a wondrous fictionalized tale of Lichtenberg’s real-life romance with “the model of beauty and sweetness,” Maria Stechard, a flower seller he meets one day near his laboratory in Gottingen. “The greater part of what I commit to paper is untrue, and the best of it is nonsense!” says Lichtenberg, our hunchbacked hero. His daily life of “wrestling with death,” of electricity machines and exploding gases, is plunged into new passion the day he encounters the Stechardess: “Something is found that was lost for a long time.” Soon he teaches her to read and write, she helps him keep house… and then? Colored with Lichtenberg’s boisterous, enlightening meditations on life, death and everything in-between, this stunning fable-of-awakening was described by The Washington Post as “a quiet and convincing description of human happiness… a fine and original book.”

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Paperback (published May 1, 2004)

ISBN
9780811216951
Price US
14.95
Price CN
19
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
256

Clothbound (published May 1, 2004)

ISBN
9780811215688
Price US
23.95
Trim Size
5x7
Page Count
256

Gert Hofmann

20th Century German writer and scholar

Brimful with love, nature, energy, and intellect: history proved on the pulse and expressed through the heart. A treasure.
Kirkus Reviews