Siebenkäs by Jean Paul

The novel is a complex, satirical love story set in provincial Germany during the late 18th century. The protagonist, a poor and idealistic lawyer, is trapped in an unhappy marriage with a shrewish wife. To escape his miserable existence, he fakes his own death and assumes a new identity. The book is filled with philosophical musings, humorous anecdotes, and vivid descriptions of rural life, reflecting the author's unique blend of realism and romanticism.

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