Peter Schlemihls Wundersame Geschichte (German)
Peter Schlemihls Wundersame Geschichte. By Adelbert von Chamisso, Alfred Scherz Verlag, Bern, 1943.
- Fiction Novel
Peter Schlemihl is the title character of an 1814 novella, Peter Schlemihls wundersame Geschichte (Peter Schlemihl's Miraculous Story), written in German by exiled French aristocrat Adelbert von Chamisso. In the story, Schlemihl sells his shadow to the Devil for a bottomless wallet (the gold sack of Fortunatus), only to find that a man without a shadow is shunned by human societies. The woman he loves rejects him, and he himself becomes involved in guilt. Yet when the devil wants to return his shadow to him in exchange for his soul, Schlemihl, as the friend of God, rejects the proposal and throws away the bottomless wallet besides.
Light blue cover with gilt over brown label on cover & spine. Secure binding with clean pages, a light spine shift, a top edge cover crush and mild sun to edges. 7 x 4-1/2 with 79 pp. In German.