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The restored, unbowdlerized text of Raspe’s slapstick travel epic featuring the classic illustrations from Strang & Clark (1895)   No one has journeyed to as many foreign lands as Baron von Munchausen. Nor, when it comes time to fire a cannon, will you find anyone more accurate. The comfort of courtly life is as natural to him as the harshest polar desert. On the subjeThe restored, unbowdlerized text of Raspe’s slapstick travel epic featuring the classic illustrations from Strang & Clark (1895)   No one has journeyed to as many foreign lands as Baron von Munchausen. Nor, when it comes time to fire a cannon, will you find anyone more accurate. The comfort of courtly life is as natural to him as the harshest polar desert. On the subject of politics and science he has no equal. And all discussion of the moon must start and stop with the only man who has ever been there. His feats of prowess are famed the world over. Who else could leap a hedgerow with a carriage and horse on their back? No one. And then of course there are the bears. . . My god the poor bears! Written at a time when science was replacing religion, and explorers were mapping the globe, and in our own time made into an acclaimed movie by Terry Gilliam, The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen unleashed the quintessential madman upon the Age of Enlightenment—and it remains the tallest of tall tales to this day....

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  • Vit Babenco
    2019-03-27 20:36

    Everybody knows that to lie is bad. But Baron Munchausen used to lie with such virtuosity that his lying achieved the state-of-art quality and he is highly respected for this art all over the world.“One evening I missed a bee, and soon observed that two bears had fallen upon her to tear her to pieces for the honey she carried. I had nothing like an offensive weapon in my hands but the silver hatchet, which is the badge of the Sultan’s gardeners and farmers. I threw it at the robbers, with an intention to frighten them away, and set the poor bee at liberty; but, by an unlucky turn of my arm, it flew upwards, and continued rising till it reached the moon. How should I recover it? How fetch it down again? I recollected that Turkey beans grow very quick, and run up to an astonishing height. I planted one immediately; it grew, and actually fastened itself to one of the moon s horns.”I guess Baron had one bee too many in his bonnet…The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen is capable to arrest attention equally of children and grownups and may be greatly enjoyed by both.“We looked round, and now found the reason why the postillion had not been able to sound his horn; his tunes were frozen up in the horn, and came out now by thawing, plain enough, and much to the credit of the driver; so that the honest fellow entertained us for some time with a variety of tunes, without putting his mouth to the horn…”The tale of the frozen music is one of my favourite…Books are the sort of frozen music as well. We open them and the music of words thaws.

  • Matt
    2019-04-05 21:19

    A True StoryI went out this morning for a hike and also to search for new books in the forest. At this time of year the book-beeches don’t bear fruits anymore, of course, so I took my spade with me and hoped for some leftover hardcovers beneath the snow. I know of a few spots other book hunters usually avoid for whatever reason. So I went there and and started digging but all I found were two half rotten YA novels and an unidentifiable volume that looked fine at first, but when I opened it I found it to be full of holes eaten by bookworms. Just before I decided to give up I spied a small book sticking out of the snow. It seemed perfectly intact, and the title promised some pleasurable reading time: The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen. It was a travellog of sorts and a memoir of one Baron Munchhausen written near the end of the eighteenth century. Eagerly I started reading while walking home. My way back ran along a pass road. The path was slippery and I wasn’t paying attention, so I slipped and fell over the cliff. I realized it would be the end of me if I wouldn’t come up with some idea of how to save myself. Looking down I saw the ground approaching fast, but I didn’t want to rush things, so I sat back and thought awhile. I read that Munchhausen was riding on a cannonball once, but there were no cannons anywhere near, and even if there were there was nobody to fire them. I also read that Munchhausen once used a couple of ducks to fly home, but there were no ducks around either, or any kind of bird for that matter. Using the book as some kind of parachute was out of the question, because it wasn’t big enough. So I read the rest of the book rather quickly to see if there were some other advice in it, but, alas, there wasn’t. Finally I had an idea! I figured I would only die if I hit the ground. So if I could get rid of the ground and avert hitting it I would survive. And that’s what I did. Just before I crashed I put the book back into my pocket and took the spade out. The ground was rather soft, so I was able to shovel the earth away and behind me, just like a mole does. Unfortunately my speed was still increasing so I had to work very fast. After many hours of digging I reached the center of the earth. That’s when I finally started to slow down and I stopped completely shortly before I broke through to the other side. And here I was, far away from home, on the opposite side of the planet, and the day was almost over. My folks back home must worry about me by now. I looked around and saw the date line not far away, and I was to the West of it. What a lucky coincidence! I stepped over the date line into yesterday. This gave me plenty of time to dig my way back home where I arrived just in time for supper. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  • Pramod Nair
    2019-04-13 22:24

    “When we had reached within two days’ journey of the ship, we observed three men hanging to a tall tree by their heel; upon inquiring the case of their punishment, I found they had all been travelers & upon their return home had deceived their friends by describing places they never saw, and reciting things that never happened: this gave me no concern, as I have ever confirmed myself to facts” - Baron Munchausen‘The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen’ is an enjoyable & satirical account of the fictitious exploits and travels of the fictionalized ‘Baron Munchausen’. These tall-tales, which are narrated by the Baron to his listeners, are fabulous to read and are full of political, social and personal satire.This is a book that was originally published in 1785 and has gone through a string of additions in the course of time by various publishers. Originally written by ‘Rudolph Erich Rapse’ – who himself has donned many hats in his personal life by being a scholar, miner, expert on minerals and gems, authority on antiques and a swindler – the mendacious tales of ‘Baron Munchausen’ and his impossible adventures are delightful & incredible creations of a very rich imaginative mind. The original tales written by Rapse were rather small in length but were later appended by various publishers during the late 1700s with sequels, supplements and additional chapters. This book contains the original chapters written by Rapse – and the add-ons and supplements written until 1789 – and an additional "Volume Two of the Baron's Travels.", which was a sequel published in 1792. The first part of the book is pretty easy to read as they are small individual tales arranged as chapters which are only two three pages in length. (view spoiler)[This initial volume contains such notoriously incredible exploits like Baron’s adventures with a Lithuanian horse; his wartime adventures & subsequent visit to the Moon; Baron getting swallowed by a fish; his exploits during the siege of Gibraltar; Baron getting shot out of a canon and Baron jumping into Mt. Etna and meeting with Vulcan & Venus. The second part of the book narrates Baron’s exploits & travels in to interior of Africa - in a mighty caravan, which is pulled, by none other than the mythical Sphinx & nine powerful bulls-; North America and India. (hide spoiler)]The book is written with the sole purpose of entertaining and entertaining it does! For me the innocent purposelessness of these lies makes them quite enjoyable; they are brilliant at the same time being with out any intent of malice.The adventures of Baron Munchausen are tall-tales at its zenith and is a very light read which, can be enjoyed by all those who like to have a good laugh.Note: I thank my friend Sidharth Vardhan for his really hilarious review of this book, which made me immediately pick up this book for reading.

  • Mario
    2019-04-01 21:23

    After few slower books, it was nice to read something quick and just lose myself in the story. This book was perfect for that. Ireallyenjoyed reading it. I think the reason why I enjoyed reading it this much, was because of the humor. The humor in this book was right up my alley. Great short book, that I'm sure I'll re-read again more than once.

  • Sidharth Vardhan
    2019-03-30 20:13

    It is, you see, difficult to stay connected with old friends that is why I once created this website where you could find and meet your old friends. I was in a good mood that day and since it hardly took me an hour to create it, so I gave it to this young boy – try as I may, I can’t recall his name Mark something, he was pissed off after his GF broke with him. I can’t recall his last name zuck … berger … bug…Anyway I wouldn’t have mentioned it if this same website was not used by some of my enemies to exaggerate my little powers and thus ridicule them. If there is one thing I can’t tolerate – it is deviation, even slightest deviation from truth. One of them said that I once lifted an anaconda to save a child with a single hand to save a child in its grip and threw the beast away. It is such a stupid lie – How can people believe that? I could barely lift the animal with both my hands.Anyway it spoiled my mood and I happened to be presiding this interplanetary conference that day. When representatives of Pluto (they are yellow-orange color, medium-sized, short-haired dogs with black ears having particular love for rats) were five minutes late.... I confess my anger was unjust but what happened is what happened – and now, Pluto is no longer a planet.I could have cooled down but for a while the queen of England; she knows me from when I sold a lock of my hair to end the last economic depression; was pestering me over which president should her people chose next. People just can’t understand that I have more important things to do. In frustration, I told her to just go for the last one again. I think she did. I have no time to follow the news in all my universe-saving endeavors. Just last week, my good friend Doctor Who (I once mended his toy machine TARDIS) visited me to ask my help in saving a planet in a galaxy, name of which can’t be pronounced in Earth’s atmosphere.All this work makes one moody. Even now I was planning to give a speech which would have ended all the evil in the world and make Earth a heaven but I have changed my plan since my pizza was no good (I’m tired of you lesser mortals) and my date Jennifer Aniston is late.. She says she is twenty two but I highly doubt that. Women often hide their age around me. Anyway she was a big letdown after Marilyn Monroe and … Venus. And, don’t even ask me about Helen. Ah! those were the days - specially when Greeks fought with Troy believing she ran away with Paris!---------------------PART 2I have discovered that a lot of people are taking what I have said as mere tall tales when, in fact, if ever I was guilty of lying then it was because I couldn't do away with my habit of modesty. For example, this once, back in very old days - it was just a week before I handed those commandments to Moses; I participated in this village wide game we were playing where you have to throw rocks, and person whose rocks hits the ground furthest would win. May be I just happened to pick up too big a rock but I lost the game. Now tell me, would I be a tall-tale teller when I say I was a distant last in among hundreds of players? My throw was, in fact, so terrible that rock never landed; it just stayed out there in sky – people call it moon. Funny name! isn’t it, for a rock?Once I was on this ‘moon’ – I often go there in search of solitude; when what I see is this vehicle lands near me and a man comes out of it in a clownish white silver dress and starts saying some stupid things like 'big step', 'small step' -I really didn't get it. He was still rambling when he saw me; his face turned red. "Aa! You kids!" I said watching him stop, "And your little games! Cute!". When they realized the truth, they started begging me to let them have the credit for being the first to be on moon. I let them, I was too modest to claim any credit for myself. I heard they had to destroy all those photographs taken there to keep the secret.Anyway, I'm not much for publicity. This once upon a time, I was sleeping at an airport when this aeroplane suddenly got some technical problem in landing. People began panicking which is all you mortals seem good for, and there was a lot of noise -it waked me up. I was obviously angry at being woken up in this manner - and just to shut them up, I stretched my arm to take hold of aeroplane and put it on ground. My arm hurt for weeks after that. Someone not believing the evidence of his eyes shouted "but it is humanly impossible." "Yes,” I said not knowing what he meant, “What is your point?"Yet, you won't see any account of this event in any of newspapers because I took special pains to make sure it won't get publihed. Although, censoring this news from newspapers was way too easier than censoring this photo of mine with that guy who happened to be at airport. Personally I’m not much about being photographed but he; I think I can recall his name ... Yes, Robert Downey Jr. he kept on insisting.Yet another reason, I won't come out is because I'm just too lazy. Last time, your humble narrator felt like actually doing something was a long way back. It was so dark out in those days that I had to began by calling for light ('Let there be light') and so it went as I worked for six days straight (I signed my creations with pseudonyms like'God' in those days) ...but then I thought that I really do not want image of a hard-working person - specially someone who won't even take Saturdays off, it doesn't suit me. Also, my work from last day was terrible one - man (although I perfected it later in second attempt) And so I spread a rumor that it all started with a Big Bang. Yet, another cover up was the evidence of evolution (fake dinosaur homes) that I planted all over the planet. It all went well. Giant lizards! Really, people will believe anything.I think it is just me people find it difficult to believe – maybe I just give the wrong kind of waves. If someone else was to say those things – you would believe him or her. I won’t know why. For example, I once wrote this document about the workings of the creation I just talked about; I remember I was with an Egyption queen that time. Another name I can’t recall, I have such a bad memory for names – anyway, I used to call her Leo. She was some woman, she cheated on three different guys with me (her brother, Ceasor and Anthony). Every time I went to her, she would be with a different man. I gifted her this lovely cross breed pet, she used to call it Sphinix … but I’m diverting, my point being, it was while coming back to present that I thought that this document would be useless because people never believe whatever I say and so I threw it away. Some one seems to have found it, Isaac was it? Now while no one believes anything I say, everybody believed him when he said that he got all this from falling of an apple!__________Part 3I see people still seems to be thinking that I just tell tall-tales. Now if you visited my town, you would have known the fame I have for my honesty, they swear on it –if they want to praise someone’s honesty they will say he is as honest as our great lord Manchurian (since that the title they use for me) or if they want to assert truthiness of something, they will say ‘believe it as if our great lord M. has said it.’ The Roman people were even better- they named a whole month after me – of course it later deteriorated from Munch to March but hey, it is the gesture that counts. And of course Johnny Depp, whom I was just talking with, could have told you - but he is won't be seen with me. He says he feels eclipsed by my presence.I responded if it is any consolation DiCaprio feels the same.Of course sometimes one have to lie, I mean if kids comes to me and say how much they like Arybhatta for inventing Zero or Vinci for his paintings or Mozart for music he created – I can’t help nodding while trying hard to suppress my smile. We can’t take away children’s heroes, can we? Still I don’t like people who will take credit for work done by others. Edison was at least honest enough to never actively claim undue honor. He always talked about discovering 10,000 ways that won’t work, he never said anything about discovering that single way that did work, did he? Ever wondered why?Ya. You are right.Other people though aren’t as honest. Even now I have just received a phone call, they were from committee deciding who gets from Nobel prize for Economics. Of course, like every year, I told them to find someone else - and tell the committees for Physics, Chemistry and Physiology to do the same. It has become a habit with them, every year they are pestering me with phone calls. I tell you it gets on one’s nerves. I have often changed my number, but they always get it from CERN, where I happened to be the president. The peace prize ones are the worst of lot, given my peaceful attitude there is no stopping them, that is why I didn’t tell the economics guys to try.And what about Literature? you ask. The thing is I no longer write anything. I wrote this long collection of stage-plays this once. I lost them all during my visit to a theatre on Queen Elizabeth’s invitation. If I'm right (and I'm hardly ever not) it was my horse-man, William something, who stole it.Ever since I have lost the taste of it. And to be honest I judge people who will do nothing but read all day. I mean how lame is that! Get a life!You know what else I don’t like? People pretending to be cleverer than they are. Just last week I was visited by this Baker street kid who thinks he is a detective and his Doctor friend; quickly the former launched into that case he need my help for “there is this murder” he was saying “there are no clues, no motives, nothing peculiar….”“Sherry! Sherry! Sherry!” I interrupted his monologue, shaking my head once for every ‘Sherry’, “The younger sister is the murderer. You can dig in the garden in the right hand side of her neighbor’s backyard, for the knife with her fingerprints on it.”He and his friend were shocked for some reason. After taking his time to swallow his pride, he asked “How do you know? It is not even in newspapers.” These kids I tell you! “Oh! It is obvious, Listen Sherry and try to understand and you, Hamish” I said looking at his friend, “You just listen, Okay! … In the beginning there was word.”“And…” Sherry said, somehow, not finding the explanation sufficient.“… and all the rest follows.” Can the chain of reasoning be more obvious? Well it wasn’t for those two, so I had to explain them in detail. Of course, I won’t insult your cleverness by going into explanations.I have always found these geniuses to be more irritating than others. This another kid, supposed to be a genius, kept irritating me about his observations and about how he was sure that energy was somehow a curtain or something over matter or something until I lost my temperament and had to interrupt him telling “Not so clever Einstein, e equals m c square.” I tell you it is difficult to be a genius in a world of mediocre people – fortunately though most of you will never know this feeling. There was actually this one time I lost my temperament and decided to destroy the whole planet. Start the whole thing all over again, you know! Of course in all my kindness I wanted to give humanity a chance to mend their ways. And so what I do is bring a couple of really big asteroids, put them in ocean, put some people on it and tell them that world is going to end on Decemeber 21,2012 (since that was the day I decided). And so they build their calendars and everything accordingly.” Next, I go and tell Columbus to look for India in the West.Of course people didn’t change their ways and so I was all bent on destroying the World. I had everyting set in order but had to abandon the plan due to health reasons. Damn You, common cold!After that I was too lazy to go through it all over again. Anyway, it is more fun this way - Didn't I put Donald duck (or was it Trump) as contestant for US elections just for laughs of it! Still,I wonder what it feels like to be stupid – sometimes I do have this really absurd dream, in which I’m just a stupid guy who reads some books, thinks himself clever for that, writes foolish reviews with lame jokes on a websire and is glad to get a few, what-can-only-be-called, pity likes. To imagine!

  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2019-03-31 00:25

    I was shopping along North Michigan Avenue, when I saw a man , in a stylish hat, about to get struck to death by one of the city's infamous taxi cabs. I dashed, and pulled him out the way, falling myself on the curb. I looked up, and realized I was gazing into the eyes of Johnny Depp--a true actor. He assisted me up, and inquired of my health. Jon, as he insisted on me calling him-insisted I return to his suite at the Trump Chicago-to freshen up. Jon asked if he could repay me, and I insisted there was no need. He said he was flying to France, and I could join him for a wee vacation. Well, I told him it was tempting-but I had nothing to travel with, nor anything to wear. Jon replied that was what Paris was for! He called the front desk, and soon An elegant gent appeared. He asked me a few questions,and then disappeared. One hour later-soon for the time to depart-room serviced delivered the most lovely traveling outfit-so comfie too! A passport-authorized by President Obama personally. This gent thought of everything. Jon, then came up to me with a red box-he said he insisted I accept it. Opening it revealed the most expensive watch of Cartier-Jon said for me to always remember the time I gave him, by saving him from being road kill. Oh, the Private jet-it. It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. During the flight, Jon personally narrated my favorite film of his in person. You know the one-not even having to ask it. Well, Terry Gilliam called him, just as we breached French air space. He was starting to film Man of La Manche ASAP, and needed him. Jon pleaded-saying he promised to take me shopping, but Terry insisted the stars and moon were in such an alignment-that it was now or never to shoot this greatest of epics. I told Jon it would be fine, I would just fly back home-treasuring the moments so far with him. Jon suddenly said he knew of a friend that could show me Paris.We landed, and on the tarmac was "The Coolest Frenchman in the world"tm- Jean Reno himself. I looked into his eyes, only to realize he was looking at me as if I was the only person in the world. Jean took my hand and kissed it tendering-muttering if he had seen me first-he would have never married any other woman. Jon said farewell, and got back on the jet for Spain.Jean with Paris and Monte Carlo. Later George in Rome-what moments, what delights. Como is definitely lovely this time of year. I could go on, but who would believe me......(Please be kind, this is my first attempt at a parody on GR)

  • mohsen pourramezani
    2019-03-28 19:25

    داستان‌های بارن مونهاوزن در سال 1781-1783 با امضای "M-H-Z-N" در صفحات مجله‌ی آلمانی Vademecum fur Lustige Leute (راه‌نامه برای آدم‌های زنده‌دل) آغاز شد. نامو مولف داستان‌ها مشخص نیست اما جله‌ی مذکور در مقدومه‌ای بر این داستان‌ها نوشته بود: «از دو حال خارج نیست، یا داستان‌ها را به بارن مونهاوزن نسبت می‌دهند یا توسط خود او روایت شده است.»«راسپه» در سال 1785 (دو سال بعد) این داستان‌ها را به شکل اثری با ساختار به هم پیوسته و از زبان روایت‌گری معین (بارن مونهاوزن) به زبان انگلیسی منتشر کرد.«بورگر» در سال 1788 این کتاب را از انگلیسی به آلمانی ترجمه کرد. (از مقدمه‌ی مترجم)داستان‌های کتاب، ماجراهای است که بارون فون مونهاوزن سفرهایش تعریف می‌کند. ماجراهی خیال‌انگیز و اغراق شده که به نظر می‌رسد به قصد شوخی و سرگرمی برای آدم‌های اطرافش روایت می‌کند.به نظرم کتاب خوبی بود. داستان‌های سفرهای روسیه‌اش را که در اول کتاب بود، بیشتر دوست داشتم.

  • Tristram
    2019-04-11 01:24

    Lügen mögen kurze Beine haben, können damit aber gleichwohl kräftige Sprünge tunWas mir anfangs auch nicht klar war, den Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Freiherr von Münchhausen hat es sogar wirklich gegeben, und zwar lebte er von 1720 bis 1792. Nachdem er am Russisch-Österreichischen Türkenkrieg teilgenommen hatte – hierin lag wohl eine Quelle seiner abenteuerlichen Geschichten –, mußte er jedoch aufgrund innenpolitischer Verwerfungen am russischen Hofe erkennen, daß ihm dort keine weitere Karriere offenstand, und so kehrte er ins heimatliche Bodenwerder zurück, um dort ein gemütliches Leben zu führen, das unter anderem darin bestand, daß er seine Gäste mit allerlei Schnurren unterhielt.Einige dieser Abenteuer sind wohl auch jedem bekannt, der niemals einen Blick in Gottfried August Bürgers Bearbeitung dieser Geschichten getan hat – wie etwa der berühmt-berüchtigte Ritt auf der Kanonenkugel, dem man ebenso wohl Hans Albers zuschreiben mag, das Pferd, das durch ein herabfallendes Gitter geteilt wird und trotzdem weiter seinen Dienst tut, oder – mein persönlicher Favorit – das Horn des Postillons, aus dem sich beim Aufenthalt in der Schenke nach und nach die langsam auftauenden Töne entfalten, nachdem sie zuvor ob der klirrenden Kälte darin festgefroren waren. Mit solchen Schnurrpfeifereien ist es freilich eine Sache: Als äße man gebrannte Mandeln, kann man anfangs nicht genug von ihnen bekommen, was wohl nicht nur an ihrem Geschmack liegt, sondern auch an den ihnen anhängenden Assoziationen. So wie gebrannte Mandeln und Weihnachten untrennbar sind, so sind es die Abenteuer des Lügenbarons und – jedenfalls noch in meiner Generation – die Erinnerung an die Kindheit. Gleichwohl, eine ganze Tüte gebrannter Mandeln zu verdrücken, mit einem Male und ohne dazu etwas zur Verdünnung zu trinken, ist schon eine Leistung, und ähnlich verhält es sich auch mit Bürgers Sammlung der Münchhausen’schen Abenteuer. Da sie eigentlich eher eine mehr oder minder willkürliche Aneinanderreihung skurriler Anekdoten ohne eine verbindende Handlung sind, da Schauplätze und Figuren in rascher Folge wechseln und kaum je ausführlicher dargestellt werden und da man außerdem einige Motive schon aus anderen Zusammenhängen kennt – ich denke nur an die illustre Dienerschar, die der Baron um sich sammelt und die eine Anleihe aus dem Volksmärchen Sechse kommen durch die ganze Welt sind, und mindestens zweimal (man verliert leicht den Überblick) wird der Baron von einem riesigen Fisch verschluckt –, empfiehlt es sich eigentlich, nicht mehr als zwei Kapitel am Stück zu lesen, da einem das Gebotene ansonsten ein wenig fad werden kann. Dies wäre freilich schade, denn an sich eignet den meisten der Einfälle auch ein gewisser Charme, wenngleich des Barons Manie, jegliches Getier, das ihm begegnet, ohne Not mit der Flinte niederstrecken zu müssen, zumindest auf mich auf die Dauer befremdlich wirkte.Der Freiherr von Münchhausen selbst allerdings hatte kein großes Vergnügen daran, als sein Name plötzlich über die Grenzen seines eigenen Bekanntenkreises hinaus mit den von ihm ersonnenen tall tales in Verbindung gebracht und er gar als „Lügenbaron“ bekannt wurde, sagte er sich doch, daß er auf diese Weise Gefahr laufe, zu einer öffentlichen Witzfigur zu werden. „Schuld“ an der Verbreitung dieser Geschichten – und wahrscheinlich auch daran, daß wir sie heute noch kennen – war der Museumsdirektor Rudolf Erich Raspe, ein gelegentlicher Tischgast des Freiherrn. Als Raspe sich gezwungen sah, nach England zu flüchten – er war eines kapitalen Diebstahls überführt worden –, veröffentlichte er, um sich auf der schöneren Seite des Ärmelkanals seinen Lebensunterhalt zu verdienen, die Abenteuer seines einstigen Gastgebers und landete damit einen vollen Erfolg. Er bediente sich dabei zwar zweier literarischer Vorlagen, doch fügte er eine Vielzahl weiterer Abenteuer – ob ihnen allen Erzählungen des Freiherrn zugrunde lagen, ist ungewiß – hinzu und durfte erleben, daß sein Buch mehrmals wieder aufgelegt wurde. 1786 veröffentlichte dann Gottfried August Bürger die hier vorgestellte Sammlung der Münchhausen-Abenteuer, wobei er teils Raspes englische Vorlage übersetzte, zum Teil aber auch eigene Zusätze machte. Dem Freiherrn waren also letztlich seine eigenen Lügen über den Kopf gewachsen, indem sie einmal über den Ärmelkanal und dann wieder zurück sprangen.

  • Laura
    2019-04-11 19:24

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.Title: Aventures de Baron de MünchausenAuthor: Rudolph Erich Raspe Gottfried August BürgerIllustrator: Gustave DoréTranslator: Théophile, fils GautierRelease Date: November 6, 2015 [EBook #50398]Language: FrenchProduced by Laura N.R. & Marc D'Hooghe at (Images generously made available by Gallica, Bibliothèque nationale de France.)This book was proofread by Free Literature and is published by Project Gutenberg.Original files are provided by Bibliothèque nationale de France (Gallica BnF)

  • Andrei Bădică
    2019-04-12 22:27


  • Sara
    2019-04-07 00:38

    I'm actually reading an antique copy I found at the library book sale last year, not the Dover edition. It's slow going, because the humor is rather brutal, lots of hunting and killing and maiming, not my cup of tea. Interesting artifact of an old style of tale telling, though, lots of very short, outrageous tales.I see the humor, but I don't enjoy it very much. It's one of those things I'm plowing through because I think it's important culturally, but I won't keep it, in spite of the physical beauty of the volume, and I won't read it again.

  • Jon(athan) Nakapalau
    2019-03-23 23:32

    If only Salvador Dalí could have illustrated this book! Or Jack Kirby! Makes Alice in Wonderland seem very 'normal'!

  • Shawn
    2019-04-09 02:12

    I read this as another "palette cleanser" before returning to the unending flood of short horror fiction. Baron Munchausen is a figure much better known in Europe than here in the United States, where his equivalent might be something like... Pecos Bill or Paul Bunyan, maybe? (actually, those who remember the Tennessee Tuxedo cartoon show will find the closest analog we have to The Baron in blustering, "understated" British adventurer Commander McBragg).The Baron tells stories of his amazing adventures and, astounded as you may be, you must remember they are all true ("I have ever confined myself to the facts" he states)! Being that the book is from 1785 or so, those modern readers who need crutches like "characters" and "plot" need not apply, as these tales are basically straight-ahead narration of events in a standard travelogue format - but what travels! Hunting trips, sea voyages, battles, explorations, diplomatic visits - everywhere from the surface of the moon to the inside of a sea-monster is touched upon. The Baron himself has amazing strength, speed, agility and perseverance ("persevere and fortune will second your endeavors" he says at one point - truly, he is the living embodiment of the old adage, "those that dare, win") but his astounding luck is also a factor. Horses jump through windows and dance on tea-tables, upsetting not one piece of china, wolves eat their prey from the inside out, elk sprout trees between their antlers when hit with cherry stones used for musket shot in a pinch, men survive inside a sea-monster and a bridge is built between Britain and Africa! Through it all, The Baron remains an charming, affable chap (although those for who violence to animals is a singular disturbance should avoid this book), kind to those in need and patriotic to a fault. Those who find the second section of the book - which leaves off the more straight-ahead tall tale type antics for some extended forays into a world-wide chase, diplomatic work, appearances by Don Quixote (which makes perfect sense) and the defeat of the spirits of Beelzebub, Rousseau and Voltaire along with a solution for the French Revolution - well, I see the point but I quite liked the different tack taken by the later section, allowing some good fun to be poked at the more political and social mores of the day (The Baron is appalled when he discovers a race of Africans who run slaving raids on British shores, and how these natives justify their trade because they believe that white men have no souls! Pretty damn dangerous satire for the 18th Century!).There are a number of interesting strains running through the book. Bragging and lying are obvious, but touches of fantasy (Queen Mab's coach) and mythology (Gog & Magog) are evident, as well as the dream-logic of fairy tales (Munchausen escapes from the moon and lowers himself back to earth by tying a segment of plant stalk, climbing down, then untying the top and retying it to the bottom - don't try this at home!). There's also the occasional Rabelaisian touch, as the Baron plugs a hole in a ship with his bottom , or assures us of the noble parentage of a rival by describing the man's father (in glowing terms) as a guttersnipe and his mother as a woman who could refuse no man and later let Pope Clement XIV "sample her oysters".Imagination is left to soar - the Library of Alexander is rediscovered! Oceans of wine are sailed! Enormous cheeses landed upon! The Baron falls through Etna and out the other side of the world! The Baron, in some ways, is a relic of a previous time when anything was possible ("Munchausen is a madman run riot in the age of reason", as the Introduction by David Blow puts it) - I am reminded of the rather wry joke that opens Terry Gilliam's wonderful cinematic celebration of the Baron, wherein we see a war-besieged, miserable walled town and the card soberly notes this is the late 18th Century - "The Age of Reason". And then we meet the Baron, who is dying...My favorites moments were:The aforementioned adventure of the stag with the cherry tree in its head (if St. Hubert can see a stag with antlers like a cross, why not a cherry tree?)The attack by the deadly SEA-HORSE, terror of the seas (although it itself cannot swim!)The "cooking animal" that trees on the moon produce!The discovery that lobsters, crabs, oysters and the like are actually the fruit of enormous undersea trees!The revelation that hailstones are actually the stones of grapes from the moon and if only treated correctly, would produce a wondrous moon-wine!A fun, diversionary read!

  • Ringman Roth
    2019-04-13 23:25

    Funny, charming, and ludicrous. The first chapters were hilarious, and witty and I loved re-telling these to my friends to pull them into reading this, but when I got to the later chapters (some that I believe were less inspired by Munchausen's actual tales) I was disappointed. The first stories, usually involving a hunting incident but some war stories as well, were beautifully set-up with an ironic twist at the end. The later ones were just full of ludicrous nonsense with barely any thread of consistency to tie them together. I still feel that this is definitely worth reading for the first stories, and for historical value as well, but some may find it a bit annoying towards the end.

  • Книжни Криле
    2019-04-09 19:25

    Барон Мюнхаузен! Базиран отчасти на реално съществувала историческа фигура, днес безсмъртният литературен персонаж на Рудолф Ерих Распе се е превърнал в истинско нарицателно за самохвалство и събирателен образ на всички разказвачи на небивалици. Но освен това се е превърнал и във вдъхновение за редица творци – автори, художници, режисьори... Жорж Мелиес, Карел Земан и Тери Гилиам са гениите, отговорни за моите любими адаптации – все кино ленти с нестандартна визия и незабравима атмосфера, съчетали граничещи с магия специалните ефекти и разкошна сценография. Именно за тях ме подсеща и Борис Стоилов, който е илюстрирал новото луксозно издание на „Чудните пътешествия на Барон Мюнхаузен” от издателство „Хермес”. Художникът ни помага да видим класическата творба по един съвършено нов начин като сменя усещането за разюздан барок с... причудлив стиймпънк! Илюстрациите донесоха на Борис Стоилов награда на XV Международен комикс фестивал в Белград. Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":

  • Wreade1872
    2019-03-24 23:12

    Tall tales of the unbelievable exploits of Munchausen, i wonder if the Donald Trump character is based on this guy :) . This isn't great but is better than i expected. Random nonsense of this sort tends to really bore me but every time i started to lose interest something would occur to coax at least a wry smile from me. Usually stories like this are done as satires likeVoyage to Cacklogallina ,Gulliver's Travels,Niel's Klims Journey Under Ground etc. But this bares more in common withRabelais orLucian's True History. Its just absurd for the sake of being absurd.Some of the tales are definitely influenced by older works, for example his description of his entourage is clearly stolen from the grimms fairytaleThe Six Servants, which makes me wonder how many other elements are borrowed.Overall, mildly entertaining, maybe a little gross for kids, a lot of incidents involve things going in or out (or both) of people or animals.The version on gutenberg i tried seemed a very chopped down translation, i eventually settled on a version illustrated by Gustave Doré who's drawings did add a little something extra to the reading experience.

  • Raphael Kabo
    2019-04-17 22:32

    A bit biased on this one since I've just written an essay on it and don't want to read anything, ever again, ever at all ever.The first part is the best - full of silly stories, wild adventures, a great deal of masculine braggard-dom, and a pinch of political satire. The second half, not written by Raspe, is hard to get through, dull, and plain weird at times. Definitely doesn't have the same magic - and none of the Munchausen stories you might know come from it. Yaawn.Not so cool: the Baron's off-hand sexualisation of ALL THE WOMEN EVER. Sign of the times, I suppose.The coolest thing, as far as I'm concerned, is the introduction by John Carswell, about the life of Raspe, the author. As a story, it's even better than whatever the Baron gets up to. Embezzled medals, failed academics, coal mining in Cornwall, politics and bitterness. Oh, the eighteenth century. <3

  • Neri.
    2019-04-10 00:10

    I've read this book numerous times when I was a kid and I enjoyed the hell out of it! It is funny, hillarious and amazing. Read it and you'll be entertained all the way through it.

  • Marsha
    2019-04-16 22:27

    Fun filled, incredible, bemusing and head shaking, these stories are fabulous in the old-fashioned sense. They tell the fables of one fascinating character, based on a real-life person. The Singular Adventures of Baron Munchausen purportedly is the tale of an ex-soldier doing what veterans often do: lie about their sexual exploits and their military maneuvers. But Munchausen went further than that when entertaining his guests. He spun yarns of ludicrous and unbelievable adventures: travels to the moon, meeting of strange natives and narrow brushes of death from ferocious creatures, both real and fantastical. A blunt and prolific raconteur, he invited his audience to believe and sometimes challenged those who didn’t.The rough tones of a soldier were smoothed down by one Rudolph E. Raspe and various other writers and editors who added on to Munchausen’s stories whenever they deemed fit. The editors of this volume have attempted to do away with some of these meddlers’s more egregious excesses (the Baron’s extraordinary servants, e.g., have been dispensed with entirely). But the tales still have a rather rambling quality to them. More examples of whimsy than coherent story-telling, their disjointed character may explain why these stories aren’t as well known as, say, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver or tales of Tyl Eulenspiegel. In spite of all this, they retain an innocent charm that deserves re-reading by a modern audience.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-21 22:33

    در ادبیات قرن هجدهم آلمان، کمتر اثری یافت میشود که به اندازه (ماجراهای حیرت انگیز بارن فن مونهاوزن) مورد استقبال وسیع خوانندگان، و کم اعتنایی محققان قرار گرفته باشد، زیرا در طول سالها، همین کتاب، یک اثر سرگرم کننده محسوب میشده است. این اثر، گرچه ریشه در لطیفه ها، و داستانهای ملی آلمان دارد، با این همه نخست، در جزایر بریتانیا زاده شده است. ترجمه آن به زبان آلمانی، توجه فوری منتقدان و محققان را به خود جلب نکرد، این داوری ناصواب تا اواسط قرن بیستم اعتبار خود را هم از دست نداد، ولی رفته رفته، ناشران و محققان بعدی، به عمق مفهوم و محتوای آن، پی بردند. و این که این کتاب نیز، همانند دیگر آثاری که محبوب کودکان هم واقع شده، از قبیل «دن کیشوت»، و «سفرهای گالیور»، البته برای خوانندگان خردسال نگاشته نشده، بلکه یادگار درخشان ادبیات هجایی جهان است، و از اندیشه های پیشرو و عصر خود، الهام گرفته، و سنتهای ملی آلمان در آن، متجلی شده است. وجود «بارون مونهاوزن»، و زندگینامه تقریبا دقیق و بی کم و کاست او مستند و موید است. مترجمم‍اج‍راه‍ای‌ ح‍ی‍رت‌ان‍گ‍ی‍ز "ب‍ارن‌ ف‍ن‌ م‍ون‍ه‍اوزن‌"، اثر: گ‌. ب‍ورگ‍ر؛ ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌ س‍روژ اس‍ت‍پ‍ان‍ی‍ان‌، پدیدآور: گ‍وت‍ف‍ری‍د آوگ‍وس‍ت‌ ب‍ورگ‍ر ۱۷۹۴ - ۱۷۴۷Gottfried August Burger, تاریخ اثر ، ۱۳۷۳، شرح ۲۰۰ ص‌.م‍ص‍ور، ن‍م‍ون‍ه‌، ع‍ک‍س‌، ناشر : ت‍ه‍ران‌، ت‍وس‌

  • Chocolaa
    2019-04-16 20:13

    :)أعترف إن لدي نقطة ضعف تجاه الروايات التي تصلح لأن تكون مسلسل رسوم متحركةهذه الرواية مترجمة عن اللغة الألمانية...بطلها فارس قديم هوايته هي الصيد بجميع أنواعه... ذا خيال واسع و شخصية محبة للفت الأنظاريجلس بين أصدقاءه هواة الصيد و يخبرهم عن مغامراته في الصيد ... مغامراته التي تزخر بالعديد من المفاجآت والغرائب المستحيلة...كالمرة التي أصطاد فيها سرب بط مكون من 13 بطة بواسطة حبل و قطعة واحدة من لحم الخنزير ... أو المرة التي رمى وعل بري بنوى الكرز للمزح فقط فعاد بعد عدة سنين ليجد أن شجرة كرز نبتت على ظهر الوعل ...و العديد من المغامرات الأخرىإن كنت تريد أن تعقد موعداً مع الدهشة و الضحك... فهذه الرواية هي ضالتك المنشودةالبارون مونشهاوزن هو (بو شلاخ الألماني:)َُُُِِ

  • BoekenTrol
    2019-03-31 03:16

    Read this in my childhood, I clearly remember the warning my father gave me when I unwrapped this book for my 10th birthday: that I should take what was written with a big grain of salt and that I shouldn't get upset with the book when I read something impossible.I'm glad he warned me, because that's what I remember most: the sheer astonishment about how a person could have so much fantasy, make so many things up and tell them as if they were true. Interesting to see, how my reaction will be, should I decide to read it again. I tried reading it to Junior, but after the first story he quit: it was just too fantastic for him.

  • Darren
    2019-04-19 22:24

    Easy and enjoyable to read. Tremendous fun, with myriad of ideas/images falling over each other and spilling off the page. Highly suitable for children with short attention-spans! Would've given 4 or 5 Stars if only there had been an overall story - the "bitty" anecdotal nature causing it to feel somewhat inconsequential. One of those books that can be taken down any time as a "palette cleanser" between heavier stuff.

  • Breno Filo
    2019-04-07 20:32

    A experiencia de contar histórias tem muito mais a ver com compartilhar outras possibilidades de observar a vida, do que meramente entreter a pessoas. Munchausen tinha um modo peculiar de partilhar suas experiências, e contaminou toda uma gama de pessoas com seu estilo de prosa. E jamais será esquecido.

  • Zemlja
    2019-04-15 02:11

    S početka genijalan, pri kraju već pomalo naporan.

  • Akemi G
    2019-03-31 01:11

    This was one of my childhood favorites, and I wonder what it would be like to reread it now. Outrageous, decidedly-funny with zero pretense to sound factual, charming. Glad it is still available.

  • The Final Song
    2019-03-25 23:18

    Cool story bro.

  • Heidi (KosminenK)
    2019-03-27 23:18

    Tämä oli melkein neljä tähteä. Paronin seikkailuja maalla (ja sen alla), meressä (ja kalojen vatsoissa) ja ilmassa (sis. avaruuden, kuun ja planeettoja). Sotaretkiä ja metsästysretkiä. Venäjän keisarinnan ja Turkin sulttaanin hovien liepeillä toimimista. Fantastista ja hölmöä. Groteskia huumoria. Oman aikansa supersankari. Paroni on ollut oikea henkilö 1700-luvulta.

  • Batyrbek Alimzhan
    2019-03-30 03:34

    До этого читал в детстве на казахском, но помнил только историю про болото и пушку.А сейчас перечитываю и нахожу в книге много общего с персонажами из казахского фольклора, начиная с самого главного героя, который очень напоминает Тазша бала, заканчивая с его друзьями со сверхспособностями, которых я вспомнил по ходу чтения (точное название наших не помню). В детстве, наверное, было все равно, но сейчас заметил много издевательств над животными. Я даже на миг хотел стать веганом. :)))

  • Anđela Mitić
    2019-03-30 23:24

    'to pull oneself up into existence by the hair, out of the swamps of nothingness'