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Der Heilige

Der Heilige by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
By: (1825-1898)

Der Heilige by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer is a beautifully written novella that explores the themes of faith, sacrifice, and love. Set in medieval Switzerland, the story follows the life of a young man named Heinrich, who leaves his home and family to live as a hermit in the mountains.

Throughout the novella, Meyer deftly delves into Heinrich's inner turmoil as he struggles to come to terms with his own desires and ambitions, juxtaposed against his religious devotion and the expectations of his community. Meyer's writing is rich with symbolism and imagery, painting a vivid portrait of Heinrich's internal conflict.

The novella's climax is both heartbreaking and poignant, as Heinrich's devotion to God is tested in a way that forces him to confront his own humanity. The resolution is both satisfying and thought-provoking, leaving readers with much to ponder about the nature of faith and sacrifice.

Overall, Der Heilige is a captivating and introspective read that will resonate with those who enjoy deep, philosophical explorations of the human condition. Meyer's writing is masterful, drawing readers into Heinrich's world and inviting them to contemplate the complexities of faith and love.

Book Description:
Die Rahmenhandlung der Novelle "Der Heilige" bildet Hans der Armbruster, der im Jahre 1180 im Rückblick die dramatische Lebensgeschichte des Thomas Becket (1118-1170) erzählt. Dieser war von 1155 an Kanzler des englischen Königs Heinrich II (1133 - 1189). Die Novelle von Meyer gibt die historischen Tatsachen ziemlich genau wieder, mit Ausnahme der Gestalt von Grace, die eine Erfindung des Dichters ist. Thomas wurde bereits 1173 heilig gesprochen. (Zusammenfassung von Hans Hafen)

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