Tom Hodgkinson

The Nightwatches of Bonaventura: a masterpiece of German Gothic

Tom Hodgkinson rediscovers August Klingemann’s dark classic

In the early 19th century, the Romantic movement was in full swing across Europe. You could probably date its birth from the publication in 1775 of Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, the gloomy novel of unrequited love that led to a spate of suicides among young men in Germany.

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