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An astonishing book . . . Fitzgerald s greatest triumph. New York Times Book Review
The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father s permission to wed his heart's heart, his spirit's guide a plain, simple child named Sophie von Kuhn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?
The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing one s own fate these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor unique to the art of Penelope Fitzgerald.
An extraordinary imagining . . . an original masterpiece. Hermione Lee, Financial Times
PENELOPE FITZGERALD (1916 2000) was one of the most elegant and distinctive voices in British fiction. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction for The Blue Flower, the Booker Prize for Offshore, and three of her novels The Bookshop, The Gate of Angels, and The Beginning of Spring were short-listed for the Booker Prize.
" --This text refers to the paperback edition.


''Set in provincial Saxony in the 1790s, this is, on the face of it, Ms. Fitzgerald's most recondite and challenging book. It is also her greatest triumph...luminous and authentic...An interrogation of life, love, purpose, experience, and horizons.'' --New York Times

''Fitzgerald presents a brilliant, subtly ironic portrayal of Friedrich von Hardenberg (aka Novalis) as an anti-Pygmalion who takes an unformed, all-too-human girl and fires her into an image of chaste muse...History aside, this is a smart novel. Fitzgerald is alternately witty and poignant, especially in her portrayal of the intelligent, capable women who are too often taken for granted by the oblivious poets. Fitzgerald has created an alternately biting and touching exploration of the nature of Romanticism -- capital 'R' and small.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

''A historical novel that's touching, funny, unflinchingly tragic, and at the same time uncompromising in its accuracy, learning, and detail: a book that brings its subject entirely alive, almost nothing seeming beyond its grasp.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Fitzgerald never repeats herself, and her latest her most original book yet...A little treasure; highly recommended.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to the mp3_cd edition.

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  • ASIN : B00BKQ027Y
  • Publisher : Fourth Estate (7 March 2013)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 547 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 244 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 185 ratings
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