Michael Kohlhaas

Michael Kohlhaas is an 1811 novella by Heinrich von Kleist, based on a 16th-century story of Hans Kohlhase.

Both the theme (a fanatical quest for justice) and the style (existentialist detachment posing as a chronicle) are surprisingly modern. They resonated with other writers more than a century after they were written.

Read more about Michael Kohlhaas:  The Historical Kohlhase, Plot Summary, Influence

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