Caspar Hauser by Jakob Wassermann
Caspar Hauser by Jakob Wassermann

Caspar Hauser

Inertia of the Heart
by Jakob Wassermann

Translated by Caroline Newton, Institutional author Terry Boardman
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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 captivity. Many people at the time were drawn to him and felt great compassion, not just for his fate, but because of the impression his presence made on them. Kaspar Hauser had a remarkable purity and innocence, and people were touched by his sensitivity and perception. In 1833, he was stabbed and died in mysterious circumstances. This classic book is a fascinating and engaging novelisation of Kaspar Hauser's remarkable, short life. Jakob Wassermann interviewed many people connected with Hauser to glean as much as detail as possible, to best try to understand the strange young man. 2012 is the 200th anniversary of Kaspar Hauser's birth. Please note that throughout the book Kaspar Hauser is spelled 'Caspar Hauser', as it was originally published in 1928.