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Faust (Part Two)

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So rich is this Second Part in allusions and allegories that whole libraries of commentary have been written about them by German professors, rightly proud of their European giant.

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The second part of Goethe’s masterpiece opens with Faust struggling to recover from the death of his beloved Gretchen. The quick-witted demon Mephistopheles soon persuades him to look beyond his sorrow and enter the world of politics and power, but the great scholar is still eager for new sensations, and asks Mephistopheles to reveal Helen of Troy to him in a vision. Overwhelmed by her beauty, Faust demands she be brought back from the underworld – but even this fails to bring him contentment, and his appetite for knowledge remains unsated.

Completed a few months before Goethe’s death, this rich and allusive work weaves together a wealth of diverse philosophical ideas and influences, reworking the medieval myth of Dr. Faustus and speculating upon the search for truth in the Age of Enlightenment.

Excerpt Chorus Mysticus
"All things corruptible
Are but a parable;
Earth's insufficiency
Here finds fulfilment;
Here the ineffable
Wins life through love;
Eternal Feminine
Leads us above."

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Faust Part II, Act V, Closing Lines

Author Von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang
Translator Wayne, Philip
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 288 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1959
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