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Life of Courage, the (1670) [Novel]
by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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The Life of Courage (first published in 1670), one episode from whose life Brecht used as the basis for his Mother Courage, is the female counterpart to Simplicissimus. A young girl caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years War, she survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits from man to man, having a succession of husbands and lovers, and ends her life with a band of gypsies.

Courage supposedly tells her story to get her own back on Simplicissimus, who treats her rather dismissively in his memoirs. Her method is to reveal the truth about herself, including the fact that she was recovering from the pox at the time of their affair, so that he will be tarred with the same brush. The result is a lively account of lechery, knavery and trickery told with disarming frankness and a complete lack of remorse.

Original title: Trutz Simplex Oder ... Lebensbeschreibung der Ertzbetrügerin und Landstörtzerin Courasche
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionAdventurePicaresque

Edition #1: The Life of Courage: the notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond

The Life of Courage: the notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond (2001)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Mike Mitchell
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The Life of Courage (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Dedalus Books
ISBN: 1873982569
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 168

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