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But it has Hoffmann’s stamp. I had no idea E.
Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
Without objective reality, everything is an endless parade of ever-changing re-evaluations, no? Later in the book we find out that this monk is Medardus.
The narrative is therefore crazy and engrossing and wickedly clever. Is it worth reading?
Los Elixires del Diablo (Spanish, Paperback)
In fact, considering this novel is now over two elixries years old, there is a remarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions. I read this a few years ago, and just remembered it. It’s not always easy for the reader to decide what is real and what only happens in the mind of the monk, because there are auditory and visual hallucinations galore in this novel.
Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set, and were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary, a. OK, granted this is opera plot level daft, with emotional swings along the lines of love – hate – love – stab sometimes within sentences of one anotherbut I rather like it.
In this lively and disturbing gothic tale, Hoffmann combines elements of the fantastic and the sublime to analyse the seductive ambiguities of art and the deeply divided nature of the human imagination. This is without doubt one of the most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. Ma tu ti sei mantenuto fedele.
Preview — The Devil’s Elixirs by E. This is the best book I’ve read in a while and one I’d like to read again in the future. Maybe it’s also my models, my ancestors, my mentors–look at how many of me there are! Trivia About The Devil’s Elixirs.
Los elixires del diablo/ The Elixirs Of The Devil : E. T. A. Hoffmann :
The characters seemed more developed than in the Monk and I really enjoyed the madness aspect. It’s not elixiress it’s me. Narrated in the first person by Medardus, an ambitious young man who is prone to vanity and pomposity, The Devil’s Elixirs could be set in pretty much any time period from the mid-medieval until its actual time of writing.
There were some dull moments but on I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath. No one is perfect, or totally evil, wholly a sinner or a saint: Tal vez las distintas historias que se relatan dentro de la principal suenan un tanto repetitivas, pero son necesarias para entender como eclosiona todo al final.
But did he or did he push the man over? Evil twins, parallel narratives, and generations of characters with the same names repeating endless variations of similar stories proliferate in this wild loa wildly recounted first person narrative of a mad or perhaps so utterly sane he’s actually telling the truth monk named Medardus–or maybe Viktorin.
I took The Devil’s Elixirsthematically, as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies. Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales.
View elixirws 17 comments. The text’s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are really disarming at first. Die Sprache fand ich teilweise schleppend: However the writing-style wasn’t my cup of tea.
My mocking status-updates might not have eliixres that very well but it is a Gothic novel, you don’t really ask for reason and logic in those, there’s simply lots of doomed love, Doppelganger and Very Dark Secrets. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
I think I don’t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle. Can’t wait now to read his other novel which is much more highly touted than this one, The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr Realmente Hoffmann es un maestro, tanto en el estilo como en la trama.
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He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. Man muss aufmerksam lesen und die Anmerkungen beachten, was vor allem an der Sprache liegt. Open Preview See a Problem? Hoffmann ha scorto per primo gli spettri di Berlino, e ne trae spunto per le sue opere.
I won’t say too much about the book before the meeting but I really enjoyed it. Hoffmann per me si drogava. Its narrative snakes around, sometimes circling, sometimes doubling back on itself, so I was often absolutely bewildered as to whether I was following Medardus or his doppelganger, deel The Devil’s Elixirs keeps up an excellent pace throughout so I found it a gripping dl. The only result that after reading pages my thoughts started wandering off, I missed half of the story and when there was some big reveal I was all ‘What did just happen?