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Much easier to read and more engaging than other gothic novels I’ve read and even in translation the style was very good.

Los elixires del diablo/ The Elixirs Of The Devil : E. T. A. Hoffmann :

Aber da dem nun mal nicht so ist In fact, considering this elixiers is now over two hundred years old, there is a remarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions. Dec 19, Mel rated it it was amazing Shelves: The plot itself is quite fascinating. He is also the author of the novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, on which the famous ballet The Nutcracker is based. Sta di fatto che ho fatto un po’ fatica a seguire la faccenda.

The more extended blog review. All in all I found the book too long, but I never meant to abandon it. He finds a man sleeping on a ledge above a rocky chasm and, since the man appears to be in great danger of falling, decides to help him. Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales. I think I don’t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle.

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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 novel. Want to Read saving…. But did he or did he push the man over?

The Devil’s Elixirs

Oh, and did I mention of top of all this there is a doppelganger? It’s full-blooded, original recipe gothic, complete with family curse, virtuous maiden, a mad monk or two, and a plot that’s not so much labyrinthine as a hall of mirrors. Boh, poi comunque ci sono infiniti elixirds alla cultura ottocentesca, citazioni No one is perfect, or totally evil, wholly a sinner or a saint: Treated as well is the question of whether madness and criminal behavior is inherited.

It’s not you it’s me.

The Devil’s Elixirs by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Realmente Hoffmann es un maestro, tanto en el estilo como en la trama. If you like mind stretchers, you’ll like this one.

En Rusia tuvo su auge con Dos E. Want to Read Djablo Reading Read. However, if you can get past The Devil’s Elixirs reflecting social standards of two centuries ago and not just towards women then it is an intriguing and engrossing light-horror mystery.

Highly entertaining in a 19th century sort of way. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

His further life is filled with visions, insanity, murder, sin, wickedness, lust, repentance and all of the rest the ecclesiastical vocabulary has to offer. The 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.

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Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

I’ve just read The Shattered Self which has a chapter on The Devil’s Elixirs where the author mentions that ‘Efforts to unravel the plot, to separate action from thought, or to explain rationally the tragic curse elixirss only diminish an appreciation of the novel.

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.

To ask other readers questions about The Devil’s Elixirsplease sign up. I had no idea E. La locura del otro yo, que lleva a cometer atrocidades. 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 To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The book was published in and I think the early 19th century German fits the rather dark story pretty well. As we find out, Medardus and the dead man look identical. Hoffmann wrote another story with a similar confusion over identities, called ‘Princess Brambilla’ but that one didn’t quite work for me.