The Life of Courage by Mike Mitchell
The notorious Thief, Whore and Vagabond

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A companion volume to Simplicissimus: the story of young girl named Courage, caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War, who survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits through a succession of husbands and lovers and ends her life with a band of Gypsies. The conceit here is that Courage supposedly tells her story to get back at Simplicissimus, who treats her dismissively in his own memoirs. This is a remorseless tale of lechery, knavery and trickery.
 

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grimmelshausen's life was dominated by the thirty years' war (1618-1648) in which he fought for both sides until its end. Mike Mitchell is a well-regarded translator from German with a special interest in Austrian literature. He previously taught German at Stirling University. His translations for Dedalus include five novels by Gustav Meyrink, among others. His translation of Herbert Rosendorfer's Letters Back to Ancient China won the Shlegal-Tieck German Translation Prize. He lives in Scotland.
 
Published April 30, 2001 by Dedalus Press. 168 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A companion volume to Mitchell’s (equally fine) earlier translation of Grimmelshausen’s classic 1688 satire Simplicissimus, this defiantly earthy first-person narrative (which followed it closely, in 1670) contains the “confession” of the resourceful camp follower and entrepreneur who schemed and...

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