If one has to believe Wikipedia, Karl Friedrich Hieronymus was not very comfortable with the liar reputation that he got after the publication of his hilarious “adventures.” It is also said that many of his “experiences” circulated way before its publishing as generic folklore. What is undeniable is that Baron Munchausen was a storyteller in every sense of the word.
There have been so many versions and adaptations of the Baron’s “experiences”, that I’m sure he would be comfortable now with the reputation that brought him into history books. It is undeniable that the character had some appeal in life, and according to the version of Rudolf E. Raspe this can be easily corroborated.
Because of its proven ability and grace to tell endless strings of lies, it isn’t hard at all to imagine the Baron doing a stand up comedy in New York club, or usurping the title of king of “magical realism” to Gabriel García Márquez. Reading it, we learn that the “mamadera de gallo” is not part of the exclusive Colombian idiosyncrasies but of human nature.
In other words, a sample of the human DNA.
Of all the things you can say about the Baron, a couple can be of complete certainty: first, that the innate arrogance of the then emerging, enlightened rationalist trend will undoubtedly produce some hilarity to the Baron. The second, he did not like Italy. (or the Italians of the time) And as a bonus track, he seemed to like the Reform movement.
- More Münchhausen and less Popper! (paulmarsic.wordpress.com)