The Blue Flower: A Novel

By Penelope Fitzgerald

“An stunning e-book . . . Fitzgerald’s maximum triumph.” —New York occasions publication Review

The Blue Flower is determined within the age of Goethe, within the small cities and nice universities of overdue eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the genuine tale of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous pupil of philosophy who will later achieve reputation because the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his father’s permission to wed his “heart's heart,” his “spirit's guide”—a undeniable, basic baby named Sophie von Kühn. it's an attachment that shocks his friends and family. Their fantastic younger Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?

The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the regular, the readability of goal that includes understanding one’s personal fate—these are the subjects of this beguiling novel, subject matters taken care of with a mixture of wit, grace, and mischievous humor distinct to the artwork of Penelope Fitzgerald.

“An awesome imagining . . . an unique masterpiece.” —Hermione Lee, monetary Times

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Kindly eliminate the 5 canine, at the least, from the room. the place is Frau Leutnant Mandelsloh? ’ ‘My stepfather begged her to return down and placed issues instantly in his office,’ acknowledged George. ‘Ah, George. i haven't obvious you for it slow. ’ Sophie was once mendacity between shawls on a bit day-bed. ‘Ach, pricey Magister, George was once giving - he was once giving a bit -‘ ‘He used to be giving an impersonation of myself. That i'll make out particularly good as I approached. ’ George, who were left accountable, a grown boy on Christmas go away from his Internat, became red. The cage-birds sank into envious twittering. ‘Fraulein, I give you my condolences on all you've undergone, and needs to nonetheless move through,’ stated the previous guy, after which, turning to the young children, ‘Don’t you provide a concept in your step-sister? Can’t you notice that she appears to be like very assorted now from previously? ’ ‘We proposal so at first,’ stated Mimi, ‘but now we can’t keep in mind what she appeared like sooner than. ’ they're lucky, proposal Kegel. ‘Let them remain, they need to stay,’ Sophie cried. ‘Ach, you don’t know the way uninteresting we have been, other than simply initially, in Jena. And now that i'm again domestic -‘ ‘You don't anticipate Hardenberg? ’ ‘We can’t inform approximately his coming and going,’ stated George. he's one of many kinfolk, he doesn't have to provide us become aware of. ’ The Magister signed to the nursemaid to take Mimi and Rudolf away. He himself placed one of many shawls over the birds, nonetheless flustered and faintly muttering of their cages. Then he sat down within the chair on the foot of the day-bed, and took out a booklet. ‘Ach, Magister, my previous Fibel! ’ shrieked Sophie. ‘No, this can be for extra complex pupils,’ he acknowledged. ‘These are passages which let us know what the traditional Romans, or a few of them, wrote with reference to friendship. ’ ‘It is so sturdy of you to come back …’ Sophie controlled to claim. ‘I wish you to pardon me … I couldn’t endure to harm you … i'm really not giggling now, or now not approximately quite a bit. ’ ‘My emotions don't subject the least bit. in the event that they did, I would not have turn into a instructor. ’ The Mandelsloh was once on the door. ‘Did you no longer understand that certainly not needs to Sophie snigger or cry till the wound is healed thoroughly? ’ ‘I swear i didn't be aware of that,’ cried George in nice misery. ‘I am certain you probably did not,’ stated the Magister. ‘I am so foolish,’ acknowledged Sophie unexpectedly. ‘I am now not of a lot use during this international. ’ Rockenthien had blundered in after the Mandelsloh. ‘I have come to listen to the lesson,’ he referred to as over her shoulder, adapting his voice, as he idea, to the ailing room. ‘I desire to profit from it. ’ ‘All who pay attention will benefit,’ stated Kegel. ‘But part an hour can be enough for Fraulein Sophie. ’ ‘That is what i've got advised them,’ stated Rockenthien. ‘Of whom are you talking? ’ of them all, it appeared - every person he were capable of assemble jointly at the approach up from his workplace - Mimi and Rudi once more, with their nursemaid, a tender footman, orphan ladies who were given paintings, for charity’s sake, within the linen room and whose names not anyone knew, the goats’-milk boy, who in usual situations by no means got here into the home.

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