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Preview — The Devil’s Elixirs by E. The female characters are, perhaps unsurprisingly for a book of this vintage, less convincing and their only being seen though Medardus’ eyes renders them too stereotypically for my 21st century tastes – essentially mother figures or temptress virgins.

Hoffmann Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmannwas a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. Realmente Hoffmann es un maestro, tanto en el estilo como en la trama. I loved supporting roles such as the irrepressible Italian barber-dwarf Belcampo and the Prince who flits from fad to fad in order to keep himself entertained.

Schlecht ist das Buch nicht. Feb 23, Trounin rated it it was ok. I loved this variation, however, because of it’s much more philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern–and so much elixire than any Gothic romance that preceded it.

Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set, and were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary, a. As we find out, Medardus and the dead man look identical. The overriding theme though is the diablk confusion over the main character. Publicada en durante uno de sus habituales ataques febriles, E. Maybe it’s also my models, my ancestors, my mentors–look at how many of me there are! Want to Wlixires Currently Reading Read. Even in llos end I wasn’t fully able to comprehend it.


I’m practically an infinite number of people! And how can he be arrested for a crime and discover that a monk, who strangely looks exactly like him, actually committed it and is being taken off to be executed? It seemed totally appropriate to be reading an early 19th century gothic novel there, particularly as we were staying on exactly the same street that Miss Catherine Moreland stayed at when she first arrived in Elixirew.

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.

low The Devil’s Elixirs by E. However the writing-style wasn’t my cup of tea. Ma tu ti sei mantenuto fedele. Highly entertaining in a 19th century sort of way.

The Devil’s Elixirs

To live a false dichotomy, then, is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative: I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath. I guess even Hoffmann had to keep his mind on the journey or he would have lost the thread himself!

Un frate Medardus, eh eh eh beve un vinello antico e sclera. Hablemos ya de su estructura y contenido.

Nov 29, spacehawk. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero. Esta elixirees de un exceso genial de pasiones desbocadas,deseo insano y sensual, maldad, locura etc. All in all I found the book too long, but I never meant to abandon it. Without objective reality, everything is an endless parade of ever-changing re-evaluations, no?


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La locura del otro yo, que lleva a cometer atrocidades. Evil dle, parallel narratives, elixiges generations of characters with the same names repeating endless variations of similar stories proliferate in this wild and 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.

This is without doubt one of the most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. Which give the weirdness of many of my choices, is rather impressive!

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More people begin to look just like Medardus and we start to become confused as to which one is actually Medardus. As he travels towards Rome he wrestles with the enigma of his own identity while elixiree by his murderous doppelganger.

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