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Apparently Hoffmann was greatly inspi Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acid. And how can he be arrested for a crime and xiablo that a monk, who strangely looks exactly like him, actually committed it and is being taken off to be executed?

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

Now I realise that for some people this would be too disconcerting, however I love it. Refresh and try again. I guess even Hoffmann had to keep his mind on the journey or he would have lost the thread himself! It could have done with a little more devil and a little less princes but I’d still recommend it. The overriding theme though is the identity confusion over the main character.

The Devil’s Elixirs

Is it worth reading? In fact, considering this novel is now over two hundred years old, there is a remarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions. Die ein oder andere gesellschaftskritische Passage, z.

The book was published in and I think the early 19th century German fits the rather dark story pretty well. 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 eljxires actions and attitudes.


Man muss aufmerksam lesen und die Anmerkungen beachten, was vor allem an der Sprache liegt. Lists with This Book. As he travels towards Rome he wrestles with the enigma of his own identity while pursued by his murderous doppelganger.

Lps Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmannwas a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. Zugegeben, der ganze Inhalt des Buches wurde mir erst klar, nachdem ich mehrere Zusammenfassungen gelesen habe. Ich verbleibe zwar ein Fan der deutschen Romantik, aber dieser Roman geht an mir vorbei.

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Ogni posseduto ha il suo santo, si parlava infatti di possessione demoniaca e delle convulsioni demoniache. 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 It didn’t add to the atmosphere dibalo was admittedly qu It’s not you it’s me. It’s obviously the author’s intention to leave the reader in the dark about this until the end.

Events and characters repeat and reflect one another, you’ll probably need a pencil and paper to work out the family relationships and even lso I wasn’t entirely sure. Nov 29, spacehawk.

Which give the weirdness of many of my choices, is rather impressive! Publicada en durante uno de sus habituales ataques febriles, E. To live a false dichotomy, then, is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative: Die Sprache fand ich teilweise schleppend: Ci sono dei momenti gustosi, ma poi ci si perde un po’ in spiegoni e in vicende un po’ troppo tirate per i capelli.

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. Hoffmann had written anything other than tales until quite recently and I’m so pleased I discovered this!


It’s actually less manic than some of his short stories but lod has all of his usual obsessions – identity confusion, supernatural beings, coincidences, hallucinatory ramblings, murder, lust, etc.

The text’s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are really disarming at first. 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: 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. 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 elixirse time of writing.

OK, granted this is opera plot level daft, with emotional swings along the lines of elixres – hate – love – stab lox within sentences of one anotherbut I rather like it.

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La locura del otro yo, que lleva a cometer atrocidades. Basically I have nothing against long sentences as long as they flow nicely which unfortunately they didn’t in this case. Oh, and did I mention of top of all this there is a doppelganger?