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Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa

Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa Friedrich Schiller. Translated by Flora Kimmich, with an Introduction by John Guthrie
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Within two years of the success of his first play Die Räuber on the German stage in 1781, Schiller wrote a drama based on a rebellion in sixteenth century Italy, its title: The Conspiracy of Fiesco at Genoa. A Republican Tragedy. At the head of the conspiracy stood Gian Luigi de’ Fieschi (1524–1547), Schiller’s Count Fiesco, a clever, courageous and charismatic figure, an epicurean and unhesitant egoist, politically ambitious, but unsure of his aims and principles. He is one of Schiller’s mysterious, protean characters who secures both our admiration and disgust. With Fiesco as tragic hero Schiller examines the complex entanglement of morality and politics in his own times that was to preoccupy him throughout his career.

The play was a moderate success when performed in Mannheim in 1784; it was more popular in Berlin where, during Schiller’s lifetime, it was performed many times in a version by Carl Plümicke, which however radically altered the play’s meaning. There have been some noteworthy productions on the German stage and television, even if it has remained somewhat in the shadow of Schiller’ other works. In the English-speaking world it is all but unknown and very seldom performed. This translation aims to remedy that oversight.
We have published two other translations by Flora Kimmich of works by Schiller: Wallenstein and Don Carlos.

Fiesco's Conspiracy at Genoa
Friedrich Schiller. Edited by John Guthrie, translated by Flora Kimmich | June 2015
Open Book Classics Series, vol. 2 | ISSN: 2054-216X (Print); 2054-2178 (Online)
xviii + 132 | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783740420
ISBN Hardback: 9781783740437
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783740444
ISBN Digital ebook (epub): 9781783740451
ISBN Digital ebook (mobi): 9781783740468
ISBN Digital (XML): 9781783746453
DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0058
BIC subject codes: DSG (Literary studies: plays and playwrights), AN (Theatre studies); BISAC: LIT004170 (Literary criticism: German), LIT013000 (Literary criticism: Drama); OCLC Number: 913570904.

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Fiesco’s Conspiracy at Genoa
Translated by Flora Kimmich

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John Guthrie teaches modern German literature and language and is a Fellow of Murray Edwards College founded as New Hall, Cambridge. He has written books on Lenz and Büchner, Droste-Hülshoff's poetry and Schiller's dramas, including Schiller the Dramatist. A Study of Gesture in the Plays (2009).
Flora Kimmich translates from French and German. Her translation of Gustav Droysen’s classic History of Alexander the Great—the first into English—was published in 2012 by the American Philosophical Society. She is also the translator of Schiller's Wallenstein: A Dramatic Poem, Don Carlos and Jules Michelet's  On History, published by OBP.

You can hear a recording of the drama in German made available by the LibriVox project here.