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Celebrated Crimes, Vol. 4: Karl-Ludwig Sand (version 2)

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In this gripping account of the life and crimes of Karl-Ludwig Sand, Alexandre Dumas delves into the mind of a man driven to commit an act of political violence in the name of justice. Sand's tumultuous journey from student to assassin is expertly chronicled, offering readers a glimpse into the societal and political turmoil of 19th century Europe.

Dumas' skillful storytelling and meticulous research bring Sand's story to life, painting a vivid portrait of a young man consumed by his ideals and willing to sacrifice everything for his cause. The author deftly navigates the complex motivations and emotions driving Sand's actions, portraying him as a flawed yet sympathetic figure caught in the tumult of his times.

Through meticulous attention to historical detail and a keen understanding of human nature, Dumas crafts a compelling narrative that illuminates the darker side of revolutionary fervor. With its insightful exploration of the consequences of political extremism and the fragility of moral certainty, this book is a thought-provoking and haunting read that lingers long after the final page.

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This is the fourth volume of Alexandre Dumas' studies of celebrated crimes and their perpetrators. This volume is concerned with the story of Karl Ludwig Sand, who stabbed August von Kotzebue to death in 1819. August von Kotzebue had been a prominent dramatist, a student of Musäus, whose royalist and conservative writings ultimately led to his assassination by a member of a revolutionary liberal Burschenschaft. - Summary by Carolin

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