Lotte Weimarban


January 27, 2022

Lotte in Weimar is a novel written by Thomas Mann between 1936 and 1939, the heroine of which is Charlotte Kestner of Wetzlar, Buff, about whom Goethe modeled the Lottery of the novel The Sufferings of Young Werther. Goethe fell in love with Lotte as a legal trainee, but since she was already the bride of someone else, she gave up and sublimated her emotions in a world-successful letter novel. At the time of the plot, a widow now traveled to Weimar in 1816, admittedly to visit her sister, but also with the secret hope of speaking to Goethe once more. In addition to the ironically-overwhelmingly resurrected mult, the present, which has lived in trouble, is slowly intertwined in the dense weave of the work. his internal fissures, the crisis of humanity in Lotte's visit, the manni doubts in Goethe's monologue ”. According to Stefan Zweig, "A tale the size of a dewdrop, which, like a dewdrop, is a miracle of color and fire when a higher light shines on it." The novel was first published in Hungarian by Rózsavölgyi és Társa, translated by Endre Vajda in 1940, then by Viktori Lányi at the Slovak Publishing House of Fiction in 1957. The historical basis of the novel It is a historical fact that Charlotte Kestner was in Weimar 44 years after Werther’s appearance. “Goethe mentions it very briefly and dryly in an entry in his diary on 25 September: At noon Ridelek and Madame Kestner from Hanover. In fact, only Charlotte's relatives, whom she arrived on September 22, were invited to lunch. He lived with them and not, as in the novel, in the Elephant Inn. “Lunch was only in this narrowest circle, and there was no sixteen-person dinner, as I portrayed. Charlotte Kestner was not accompanied by her eldest daughter, Charlotte's daughter, but by a younger one named Clara. in turn, the passage from one of the writings of his son, Kestner, embassy councilor, ”Thomas Mann wrote to Charlotte Kestner, Charlotte's great-great-grandfather depicted in the novel, in 1951. A message from Goethe's hand to Charlotte Kestner Dated October 9, 1816, “If, my dear friend, you would like to use my lodge tonight, my car will pick you up. No ticket required. My valet shows me the way through the ground floor. Please forgive me for not being there myself and not showing up so far, although I have often been with you in thought. Best regards - Goethe. ” Thomas Mann used this letter almost literally in the ninth chapter of the novel.

The plot of the work

Towards the end of September, 1816, the regular mail car arrives in Weimar at the "Elephant" Inn with Charlotte Kestner's daughter and butler. The woman is famous for being modeled after Lotte, the heroine of the most successful novel of her time, The Sufferings of Young Werther. Shortly after her arrival, she is under siege: first, the Mager waiter, who speaks in quotes, robs her of her chatter, and then a young Irish woman invades to draw a sketch of her. Other visitors are already coming from Goethe's surroundings: Dr. Riemer, the former home teacher of Goethe's son August, then Adele Schopenhauer, and finally Goethe's son. The poet-prince had a profound effect on the lives of each visitor, but this effect did not always (in Lotte's case) prove to be fortunate. Goethe's 67-year-old picture is for a long time only

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