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  • This sparkling new translation from Michael Hofmann makes for a fine entry point into Kleist's passionate, grotesque, hysterical, and deeply strange body of work

    The New Yorker
  • Michael Kohlhaas: a story about bravery and its twin, stupidity

    Roberto Bolaño
  • The morbid, the hysterical, the sense of the unhealthy, the enormous indulgence in suffering out of which Kleist's plays and tales were mined-is just what we value today. Today Kleist gives pleasure, most of Goethe is a classroom bore

    Susan Sontag
  • Sometimes you find a brother, and you instantly know that you are no longer alone. I experienced this with Kleist

    Werner Herzog
  • His sentences are remarkable - great hatchet-blows of thought, an implacable narrative speed, a pulverizing sense of inevitability. No wonder Kafka liked him so much

    Paul Auster

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