Iperione o l'eremita in Grecia

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Hyperion or the hermit in Greece

Laura Balbiani*

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[Autom. eng. transl.] In the idealistic climate of the late eighteenth century, agitated by the repercussions of the French Revolution, Friedrich Hölderlin entrusted his original philosophical, political and poetic conception to the protagonist of the epistolary novel Hyperion or the Hermit in Greece (1797-1799). In the letters of the young Greek Hyperion, who fights for the independence of his homeland, the major aesthetic and philosophical themes of the time are intertwined, which the author condenses in the dialectical vision of the 'eccentric' position of man, developed in relation to the aesthetics of Schiller and the theoretical positions of Fichte and Hegel. Narrating the political and personal experience of the protagonist, Hölderlin traces in Greece an ideal able to unify nature and history and to indicate to modern Europe a new form of civil society, a "new kingdom" where the word, which has become poetry, is capable of expressing the aesthetic experience of beauty. The double-text translation is based on the three-volume edition of Friedrich Hölderlin's works edited by Michael Knaupp (Munich: Hanser 1992-1993). We have also received some preparatory materials of the novel that document its poetic becoming, from the first notes to the drafts of the final draft that the poet sent to the editor: they are proposed in chronological order in the Appendix and allow us to grasp the changes that have occurred in the various stages of gestation of the work. Most of these documents appear here for the first time in Italian translation. The translation is accompanied by apparatuses, an extensive commentary on the text and an appendix that reconstructs the history and the different stages of the work.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Hyperion or the hermit in Greece
Original languageItalian
Number of pages974
ISBN (Print)9788845278785
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • Linguaggio filosofico
  • Settecento tedesco
  • Traduzione


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