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Karl Ludwig Sand

Alexandre Dumas

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The deed was not free from danger: there were but two means of egress, one by way of the door, which would lead to the fugitive’s falling immediately into the hands of the enemy; the other by jumping from a rampart so high that the enemy had not set a guard there. Sand without a moment’s hesitation went to the rampart, where, always religious, even in his childish pleasures, he made a short prayer; then, without fear, without hesitation, with a confidence that was almost superhuman, he sprang to the ground: the distance was twenty-two feet. Sand flew instantly to Wonsiedel, and reached it, although the enemy had despatched their best runners in pursuit. Then the garrison, seeing the success of their enterprise, took fresh courage, and united their efforts against the besiegers, hoping everything from Sand’s eloquence, which gave him a great influence over his young companions. And, indeed, in half an hour he was seen reappearing at the head of some thirty boys of his . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Thankfully this book has only a few characters. For me that is a plus. Written using archives and first person witnesses, it's a really interesting read. Slightly obsessive, from a religious family Sand a theology student murdered, August von Kotzebue a famous dramatist for his disparaging remarks a

To już oficjalne- Henryk Pijanowski dołącza do grona moich ulubionych lektorów audiobooków. Podejrzewam, że tak wysoka nota to częściowo jego zasługa.

Nie wiem dlaczego, ale lubię te mniej znane powieści Dumasa. Może warsztatowo bardziej kuleją, ale mnie jakoś bardziej przypadają do serca. Zwłaszcza

Despite the blaring mistakes if the version I read where the translator kept using the letter A instead of O for certain words, this was an excellent book to read. The first half can equally be placed into any period of a person witnessing tragedy, war and conflict whose views then became warped and