Michael Kohlhaas (English Translation)


Read by Greg W.

(4.5 stars; 6 reviews)

Michael Kohlhaas is an 1811 novella by Heinrich von Kleist, based on a 16th-century story of Hans Kohlhase. Both the theme (a fanatical quest for justice) and the style (existentialist detachment posing as a chronicle) are surprisingly modern. They resonated with other writers more than a century after it was written. Kafka devoted one of only two public appearances in his whole life to reading passages from Michael Kohlhaas. Kafka said that he "could not even think of" this work "without being moved to tears and enthusiasm." (Introduction by Wikipedia) (4 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Section 1 19:08 Read by Greg W.
Section 2 19:29 Read by Greg W.
Section 3 21:15 Read by Greg W.
Section 4 25:02 Read by Greg W.
Section 5 20:54 Read by Greg W.
Section 6 20:07 Read by Greg W.
Section 7 18:34 Read by Greg W.
Section 8 20:26 Read by Greg W.
Section 9 14:50 Read by Greg W.
Section 10 22:38 Read by Greg W.
Section 11 22:02 Read by Greg W.
Section 12 24:18 Read by Greg W.

Reviews

one of the greatest books of all time

(5 stars)

Ok. I must add, this book is fantastic. It is highly dramatic, full of vengeance and truly epic in its own inimical way. I wish someone had given me this book at 12 years old. I'd have been a devoted reader from that day foward. This is such a great book! Listen!!

(4 stars)

A man attempt to get justice ends up losing everything but does get some kind of revenge. Great story.