Inertia of the Heart
In 1828, a ragged young man of about sixteen wandered into the city of Nuremberg in Germany. He could barely speak, and appeared to have been released from a strange kind of captivity. Many at the time were drawn to him and felt great compassion—not just for his fate, but also because of the impression his presence made. Kaspar Hauser had a remarkable purity and innocence, and people were touched by his sensitivity and perception. In 1833, he was stabbed to death in mysterious circumstances.
This classic book is a fascinating and engaging novelization of Kaspar Hauser's remarkable and short life. Jakob Wassermann interviewed many people connected with Hauser to glean as much as detail as possible in his attempt to understand the unique young man.
The year 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Kaspar Hauser's birth. Please note that throughout the book his name is spelled “Caspar Hauser” as it was originally published in 1928.
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