Schiller: The Short Stories
Self redemption, sense of duty, jealousy, friendship......all the seasons of the human heart are displayed in these novels in remarkable and intense scenes which reveal the author as a fine connoisseur of human motives and feelings. In these novels as well as in the other essays, F. Schiller positions himself as the writer of destinies. More
The following novels by Friedrich Schiller drag us into the intricacies of human destinies as the main
characters and events of these novels were all gleaned from real life. What is amazing in these novels is the immense compassion of F. Schiller for the vagaries and excesses of the human mind. He has written these pieces in such a way that we cannot have a different feeling but that of empathy with the erring human beings.
“Lost honour”: This short story has made his fame as a sensitive and humanist writer. It tells about the progressive descent to hell of a landlord’s unfortunate son, his enrollment into a secret group and finally, his emancipation from a life of crimes.
“A walk under the lime trees”: Two young men who have recently known their destinies are discussing
about some truths they have been made aware of about the world. The first one has fully accepted his destiny and sees the future brightly, the other is still full of thoughts about the whole process.
“The mind reader”: This novel is a also true story about the tentative of some officers to extirpate one of their fellows from the mental imbroglio woven around him by the famous Cagliostro (disguised in this novel under the name of the Armenian) during a stay in Venice in order to incorporate him into a secret society. Intrigues, deceit, crimes are unravelled in this long and original writing which is the only mystery novel written by F. Schiller.
In “A remarkable feminine revenge”, a middle aged woman is abandoned by her younger lover and sets up a subtle and devastating plot to avenge her humiliation. When reading this novel, one cannot help thinking about the novel of the same kind “Dangerous liaisons” and the remarkable passion that a woman is capable of unleashing against someone when she is vexed.
“The whims of destinies” and “A good deed” are two short stories based upon real events written in the
tradition of the period of Enlightenment.
Self redemption, sense of duty, jealousy, friendship......all the seasons of the human heart are displayed in these novels in remarkable and intense scenes which reveal the author as a fine connoisseur of human motives and feelings. In these novels as well as in the other essays, F. Schiller positions himself as the writer of destinies: he combines the beautiful with the tragic and makes of each of his narration an incredibly moving assembly of actions and feelings to our most intimate delight.