1778 : Lenz, Myth and Reality

On 20 January 1778, the poet J.M.R. Lenz, succumbing to a descent into madness, made his way across the mountain and took refuge with Pastor Oberlin. However, the pastor failed to cure his ills, and he wrote a precise report of this stay in his diary.

Sixty years later, Georg Büchner discovered a copy of this account, which inspired him to write “Lenz”, one of the most beautiful novellas of German literature, which continues to influence writing and creation today.

We all have our own mountains to climb; regardless of how we do it, the important thing is to join this timeless movement that began in January 1778, when Lenz set off on his trek through the mountains.