The Blue Flower: A Novel

The Blue Flower: A Novel by Penelope Fitzgerald 0544359453 9780544359451
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"An astonishing book . . . Fitzgeralds greatest triumph." --New York Times Book Review

The Blue Flower is set in the age of Goethe, in the small towns and great universities of late eighteenth-century Germany. It tells the true story of Friedrich von Hardenberg, a passionate, impetuous student of philosophy who will later gain fame as the Romantic poet Novalis. Fritz seeks his fathers permission to wed his "hearts heart," his "spirits guide"--a plain, simple child named Sophie von Khn. It is an attachment that shocks his family and friends. Their brilliant young Fritz, betrothed to a twelve-year-old dullard? How can this be?

The irrationality of love, the transfiguration of the commonplace, the clarity of purpose that comes with knowing ones own fate--these are the themes of this beguiling novel, themes treated with a mix of wit, grace, and mischievous humor unique to the art of Penelope Fitzgerald.

"An extraordinary imagining . . . an original masterpiece." --Hermione Lee, Financial Times

Author: Penelope Fitzgerald

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2014-10-14


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