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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. 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? Ci sono dei momenti gustosi, ma poi ci si perde un po’ in spiegoni e in vicende un po’ troppo tirate per i capelli. Aug 03, pufford rated it it was amazing.

Later in the book we find out that this monk is Medardus. Nov 29, spacehawk.

Diabko more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Labyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery!

Events and characters repeat and reflect one another, you’ll probably need a pencil and paper to work out the family relationships and even then I wasn’t entirely sure. Ogni posseduto ha il suo santo, si parlava infatti di possessione demoniaca e delle convulsioni demoniache.

If you’re looking for a cosy Victorian ghost story then look elsewhere, but if you enjoy the sheer inspired lunacy of the gothic, and you’re prepared to go along for the ride, then you may well like this. Oct 11, George K. His further life is filled with visions, insanity, murder, sin, diqblo, lust, repentance and all of the rest the ecclesiastical vocabulary has to offer. La locura del otro yo, que lleva a cometer atrocidades.


Los elixires del diablo/ The Elixirs Of The Devil

Man muss aufmerksam lesen und die Anmerkungen beachten, was vor allem an der Sprache liegt. Though I’m not entirely sure how I might have forgotten viablo 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.

Hoffmann however, the field of psychiatry was apparently not unknown. Treated as well is the question of whether madness and criminal behavior is inherited. The logic elixired 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 more.

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann – Wikipedia

Open Preview See a Problem? A mad gothic romp of murder, mystery, mistaken identity, religious frenzy, mania, bizarre barbers, satanic legacies and more. If it’s the one on Project Gutenberg then I would suggest avoiding it and reading this translation. All in all I found the book too long, but I never meant to abandon it. 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 ols time of writing.

So ging es zumindest mir.

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

This is the life story of the Capuchin monk Medardus, written by his own hand. The only result that after reading pages my thoughts started wandering off, I missed half of the story and when there eixires some big reveal I was all ‘What did just happen?


I generally prefer his darker material such as ‘the Sandman’ to which this would make a good companion piece. Ich verbleibe zwar ein Fan der deutschen Romantik, aber dieser Roman geht an mir vorbei. It has a kind of timeless, dark fairytale quality and I was reminded of my teenage Dennis Wheatley-reading phase – Diiablo wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Wheatley had read Hoffmann.

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. Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set, and were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary, a.

Mar 12, Lee Foust rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed the idea of an unreliable first person narrator. I think I don’t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle. 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.

His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero.