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Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann

I’ve read quite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn’t quite prepared for this. I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath.

Later in the book we find out that this monk is Medardus. Sta di fatto che ho fatto un po’ fatica a seguire la faccenda.

In his monastery Medardus finds a mystical bottle that contains the titular elixir of the Devil. It didn’t add to the atmosphere which was admittedly qu It’s not you it’s me.

Apparently Hoffmann was greatly inspi Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acid. Un frate Medardus, eh eh dkablo beve un vinello antico e sclera. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach’s famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero. All in all I found the book too long, but I never meant to abandon it. The charismatic monk Medardus becomes implicated in a deadly mystery against his will.


Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acid. Oh, and did I mention of top of all this there is a doppelganger? As other reviewers have noted it gets pretty confusing, though it only really gets confusing when Hoffmann attempts to ‘explain’ all the previous shenanigans Refresh and try again.

Sii dunque libero e felice. Aug 03, pufford rated it it was amazing. In fact whilst I was reading it I kept imagining Hoffmann chuckling to himself as he wrote it, and there aren’t many books that I read where I can envisage the author having more fun writing it than the reader gets in reading it. 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?

Tal vez las distintas historias que se relatan dentro de la principal suenan un tanto repetitivas, pero son necesarias para entender como eclosiona todo al final.

Los elixires del diablo/ The Elixirs Of The Devil

I think I don’t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle. Hablemos ya de su estructura y contenido. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales. Evil 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. Se la suele definir como densa y larga, adjetivos no necesariamente negativos.

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Oct 11, George K. Paperbackpages. Nov 29, spacehawk. This is without doubt one of the most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. It’s actually less manic than some of his short stories but it has all of his dialbo obsessions – identity confusion, elisires beings, coincidences, hallucinatory ramblings, murder, lust, etc.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Which give the weirdness of many of my choices, is rather impressive!

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I had no idea E. Hoffmann wrote another story with a similar confusion over identities, called ‘Princess Brambilla’ but that one didn’t quite work for me. I really enjoyed the idea of an unreliable first person narrator. Preview dablo The Devil’s Elixirs by E.