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The Surprising Adventures Of Baron Munchausen
by Rudolf Erich Raspe
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This 18th-century classic of surreal tall tales has entertained generations of children and adults; it spawned a medical diagnosis (Munchausen Syndrome, a "factitious disorder"), as well as a popular Terry Gilliam film. Yet it is currently out of print in English, its original language. Exact Change has chosen a charming, boldly illustrated 1927 edition of the unexpurgated text for reprint.
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?
About the Author
The Baron Munchausen was in part the creation of Rudolphe Erich Raspé (1737-1794) who led a life worthy of a tall tale: naturalist, antiquarian, scholar and theif, his name figures with Daniel Defoe and Johnathan Swift as one of the great "travel liars."
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