The Aristocrat

The Aristocrat A coming of age novel first published in about the only son of an ancient but impoverished noble family Set in a boarding school in Belgium before the outbreak of World War I it portrays how a

  • Title: The Aristocrat
  • Author: Ernst Weiss
  • ISBN: 9781852422622
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Paperback
  • A coming of age novel, first published in 1924, about the only son of an ancient but impoverished noble family Set in a boarding school in Belgium before the outbreak of World War I, it portrays how a young man brought up on a set of outdated values must reshape his life to face the 20th century.

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    About “Ernst Weiss”

    1. Ernst Weiss

      Ernst Weiss was born in Brno, Moravia, Austro Hungarian Empire now the Czech Republic to the family of a prosperous Jewish cloth merchant After his father died when he was four, he was brought up by his mother Berta, n e Weinberg, who led him to art However after completing his secondary education in Brno, Litom ice and Hostinn , he came to Prague to study medicine In 1908 he finished his studies in Vienna and became a surgeon He practiced in Berne, Vienna, and Berlin but he got tuberculosis and tried to recover as a ship doctor on a trip to India and Japan in 1912 In 1913 he met Rahel Sanzara, a dancer and actress and their relationship lasted until she died of cancer in 1936 In the same year he met Franz Kafka and they became close friends Kafka wrote in his Diaries 1914 January 2 A lot of time well spent with Dr Weiss Weiss was in touch with a lot of other writers of Prague Circle such as Franz Werfel, Max Brod, and Johannes Urzidil In 1914 Weiss returned to Austria to start a military physician career Near the end of World War I he received a golden cross for bravery After the war he lived in Prague, then the capital of Czechoslovakia He gave up medical career in 1920 when he finished working in a Prague hospital In 1921 he moved to Berlin but in 1933 he returned to Prague to care for his dying mother He could not enter Nazi Germany and so he left for Paris in 1934 There he lived a poor life dependent on the help from authors such as Thomas Mann and Stefan Zweig He applied for, but did not receive, a grant from the so called American guild for German cultural freedom He committed suicide on 14 June 1940 when German troops invaded the city.

    525 thoughts on “The Aristocrat”

    1. Mumble mumble, impresa veramente ardua commentare questo libro di Weiss, specialmente dopo aver letto i commenti precedenti:a me, sinceramente, non e' piaciuto.C'e' una tale disperazione, un tale senso di sconfitta dalla prima all'ultima pagina, che anche tenendo conto del contesto storico mi ha fatto quasi rabbia, mi veniva voglia quasi di prendere il protagonista Boetius e scrollarlo per bene dicendogli "Su, la vita non e' tutta rose e fiori ma non e' neanche tutta una catastrofe!Ogni tanto c' [...]


    2. Ernst Weiss’s THE ARISTOCRAT: BOËTIUS VON ORLAMUNDE is a novel about death, the decline of the nobility, and fathers and sons. Boëtius, the last of the noble but impoverished Orlamunde family, is a student at the Onderkuhle School, where he studies horsemanship, fencing and apparently little else.When the school finally burns down, Boëtius lacks the courage to rescue a friend from the fire, which further alienates him from the other members of the school, who have existed in a different wor [...]


    3. I got this after I had read The Eyewitness, because I enjoyed his writing so much.The story of a young man in a military school in western Europe pre-WW1. He is a product of his environment. Ernst Weiss was admired by Thomas Mann who described his writing as having a "pearlescent sheen". I wanted to see what he meant. I came away from reading this satisfied but disturbed. He does not flinch from reality.


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