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Die Elixiere des Teufels

Die Elixiere des Teufels review Ë E-book, or Kindle E-pub This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of th. It s not you it s meThe plot itself is uite fascinating My mocking status updates might not have conveyed 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 However the writing style wasn t my cup of tea It was verywordy It felt like you could have cut out at least a third of it and it wouldn t have made any difference It didn t add to the atmosphere which was admittedly uite creepy the characters or anything The only result that after reading 10 15 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 and had to leaf back to re readDNF at about 23 but I did look up the end on wikipedia soyeah I did want to know what happens next but not deperately enough to finish it

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Die Elixiere des Teufels review Ë E-book, or Kindle E-pub Our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable bo. Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acidThat s how this novel length tale from Hoffmann reads A mad gothic romp of murder mystery mistaken identity religious frenzy mania bizarre barbers satanic legacies and Despite being nearly incomprehensible plot wise attempting to work out the intricacies of the labyrinthine plot alongside the myriad number of characters would take you months this is a greatly enjoyable albeit ridiculous take on the gothic novelApparently Hoffmann was greatly inspired by Lewis The Monk which I am still yet to read Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales

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Die Elixiere des Teufels review Ë E-book, or Kindle E-pub E original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to bring it back into print as part of. Western civilization since Aristotle I guess anyway he s often blamed for it has long been obsessed with meliorativepejorative dichotomies good and bad right and wrong sin and virtue love and lust you and me While perhaps semi useful in some situations of thought it appears that the complexities of life and culture were deemed by Western culture somewhat complex and freuently a gradation of possibilities that a series of eitheror propositions some centuries ago I took The Devil s Elixirs thematically as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies No one is perfect or totally evil wholly a sinner or a saint all of us human beings are of course mostly waffling or wallowing in the grey area in between the two extremes which are not even completely mutually exclusive concepts either To live a false dichotomy then is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative Conrad s The Secret Sharer Dostoevsky s The Double and Hoffmann s The Devil s Elixirs The logic seems to be that I can only be one or the other but if I find I am at different times both then there must be two of me maybe Maybe it s also my models my ancestors my mentors look at how many of me there are I m practically an infinite number of peopleEvil twins parallel narratives and 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 Medardus not only has similar mentors and role models but a double or perhaps alter ego or maybe he s only a similar looking half brother His own bifurcations get projected on the outside world as well wherein every woman he meets is either a spotless saint or a tempting demon or both but only in a troubling back and forth of actions and attitudesThe narrative is as crazy and disorienting as I m making it sound but it s also told in such a matter of fact and logical way that it becomes oneiric in the later modernist tradition of Kafka and Bruno Schulz The text s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are really disarming at first Everything that happens in the story keeps coming back around each event gets experienced then explained and then sometimes re experienced and re explained reviewed from other point of view then interpreted wholly differently than what I took from the narrative s first presentation of it The narrative is therefore crazy and engrossing and wickedly clever Perhaps it s a bit long and repetitious even tedious for an impatient reader but I myself enjoyed every startling event replay explanation and re explanation as part of the novel s pointed attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of absolute truth of judgements and of eitheror logic in general Without objective reality everything is an endless parade of ever changing re evaluations noOf course the subtext and I assume inspiration for this novel is Matthew Lewis s English Gothic masterpiece The Monk I loved this variation however because of it s much philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern and so much weirder than any Gothic romance that preceded it Nice to know that only Gothic as a genre and perhaps Sterne s satire was able to predict the most original techniues to come of 20th century literature Also with its invocation of the holy icontemptress Aurelie The Devil s Elixirs felt like a kind of missing link between Matthew Lewis and Gerard de Nerval as his 19th century oneiric fantasies this is beginning to read like a list of my favorite late 19th and early 20th century authorsI had no idea E T A Hoffmann had written anything other than tales until uite recently and I m so pleased I discovered this Can t wait now to read his other novel which is much highly touted than this one The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr


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  1. says: read Die Elixiere des Teufels E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann

    read Die Elixiere des Teufels Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review This is the life story of the Capuchin monk Medardus written by his own hand When exactly the story is set is not told probably sometime in th

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    Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) read Die Elixiere des Teufels Difficult to summarise but a very fast read The Devil's Elixirs is a psychedelic novel of the 19th century with all the elements of the Gothic genre sinful monks damesels in distress madness mystery and supernatural elements This is

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    Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann read Die Elixiere des Teufels It's not you it's meThe plot itself is uite fascinating My mocking status updates might not have conveyed that very well but it is a Gothic no

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    Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann read Die Elixiere des Teufels Western civilization since Aristotle I guess anyway he's often blamed for it has long been obsessed with meliorat

  5. says: E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ)

    Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review read Die Elixiere des Teufels See of my book reviews on my blog Literary FlitsLabyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery 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 yet The Devil's Elixirs keeps up an excellent pac

  6. says: read Die Elixiere des Teufels Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review

    read Die Elixiere des Teufels Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann The Devil's Elixir is a first person narrative of the life of the Capuchin monk Medardus full of sin murder mystery doppelganger love lust and r

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    read Die Elixiere des Teufels Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) I find it hard to wax lyrically about The Devil’s Elixirs by ETA Hoffmann and will keep this review short by my standards The story is about a monk called Medardus who is given trust over a relic which is an elixir given to St Anthony by the Devil Naturally Medardus is unable to resist trying out the elixir and

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    Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) Wow I've read uite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn't uite prepared for this It's actually less manic than some of his short stories but it has all of his usual obsessions identity confusion supernatural beings coincidences hallucinatory ramblings murder lust etcI generally prefer his darker material such as 'the Sandman' to which this would make a good companion piece The overriding theme though is the identity confus

  9. says: E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann read Die Elixiere des Teufels

    read Die Elixiere des Teufels E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acidThat’s how this novel length tale from Hoffmann reads A mad gothic romp of murder mystery mistaken identity religious frenzy mania bizarre barbers satanic legacies and Despite being nearly incomprehensible plot wise attempting to work out the intricacies of the labyrinthine plot alongside the myriad number

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    review Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub Ø E.T.A. Hoffmann E.T.A. Hoffmann Ø 9 review Die Elixiere des Teufels (READ) A mad monk pursues a saintly beautiful woman only to be himself pursuedThis story was inspired by The Monk the early Gothic classic bu

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