Hyperion (Hölderlin novel)
First English Edition Cover
|Original title||Hyperion oder Der Eremit in Griechenland|
|Publisher||Friedrich Schiller (magazine serial)|
|1797 (volume one), 1799 (volume two)|
Published in English
The work is composed of letters from Hyperion to his friend Bellarmin, along with a few letters between Hyperion and his love Diotima. It is set in Greece and deals with invisible forces, conflicts, beauty, and hope. The novel deals with young Greeks fighting to gain Greek independence. In a footnote, Hölderlin specifically ties events in the novel dealing with the Russians "bringing a fleet into the Archipelago" in 1770, likely tying the novel's events to the Orlov Revolt.
Both Bellarmin and Diotima would appear in Hölderlin's later poetry.
Italian composer Luigi Nono includes passages from this work in his work Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima for string quartet (1980), as part of the score to be "sung" silently by the performers while playing the piece.
In 1983 the German sculptor Angela Laich created a sculpture she called Hyperion after the main character of the Hölderlin novel.
English translations of Hyperion
- Hyperion translated by Ross Benjamin (Archipelago Books, 2008) ISBN 978-0-9793330-2-6
- Hyperion or The Hermit in Greece translated by Willard R. Trask (Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., 1959)
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, ABC Books, 2006.
- Hölderlin, Friedrich; Trans. Willard R. Trask (1965). Hyperion. New York: Frederick Ungar Publishing Co. p. 106.
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