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The Devil's Elixir - Volume 1

E. T. A. Hoffmann

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. . .By this homage, my zeal was proportionably increased. I endeavoured more and more to give to my periods the proper rounding, and to adorn my discourses throughout, with all the flowers of eloquence. I succeeded always more and more in fettering the attention of my audience, until my fame became such, that the attention paid to me was more like the homage and veneration due to a saint, than approbation bestowed on any ordinary mortal. A kind of religious delirium now prevailed through the town. Even on ordinary week days, and on half-holidays, the inhabitants came in crowds, merely to see Brother Medardus, and to hear him speak, though but a few words.

Thus vanity gradually, by imperceptible, but sure approaches, took possession of my heart. Almost unconsciously, I began to look upon myself as the one elect,—the pre-eminently chosen of Heaven. Then the miraculous circumstances attending my birth at the Lime-Tree; my father's forgiveness of a mortal crime; t. . . Read More

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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 the best book I've read in a while and one I'd like to read a


Johann Heinrich Füssli: Kate la Folle. 1807

E.T.A. Hoffmann, che cambiò il suo terzo nome da Wilhelm ad Amadeus in onore del genio musicale meglio noto come Mozart, è stato mio compagno di viaggi letterari durante i miei anni verdi. Ora è tanto che non lo riprendo in mano.

Sapeva mischiar

Gli Elisir del diavolo, scritto da E. T. A. Hoffmann nel 1815, è un libro denso e notevole, scritto superbamente e tradotto con grande accuratezza. La presente edizione delL’orma è corredata da tante note esplicative e apparati critici minuziosi. Devo ammettere tuttavia che ho faticato un po’ a port

Καθαρό 5αρι!!!

Το απόλυτο γοτθικό ανάγνωσμα!
Στο κείμενο του Χόφμαν θα μπορούσα να πω πως διαφαίνονται τα επτά θανάσιμα αμαρτήματα.

Ο ήρωας περιπλανιέται και μεταπηδά από το καλό στο κακό. Ο διάβολος είναι παντού κ τον ακολουθεί σε όλη την πορεία της ζωής του.

Ο μοναχός Μεντάρ είναι ένα άτομο που κα


Western civilization--since Aristotle I guess--anyway, he's often blamed for it--has long been obsessed with meliorative/pejorative 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 comp

*Η εκφυλιστική ψυχεδέλεια του μυαλού*

Παγκόσμια κλασικό,γοτθικό μυθιστόρημα τρόμου και σκοτεινής αλήθειας.

Σατανικές αναπνοές ζοφερές και ζωογόνες.
Οράματα. Παραισθήσεις. Σχιζοφρενικά δισυπόστατη παρουσία.
Δολοφονίες. Κακία. Εκδίκηση παραφροσύνης.
Λαγνεία. Ηδονιστική μανία.
Κολασμένα συγγενικά δράματ

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 the early 18th century. In his monastery Medardus finds a mystical bottle that contains the titular elixir of the Devil. I think I don't say too much when I

"Pero entonces el espíritu del mal se apoderó de mí y levantó su voz a la que presté oídos: «¿Lo ves ahora, Medardus que puedes dominar el destino, que al azar, subordinado a tí, sólo enlaza hilos que tú mismo has hilado?"

E.T.A. Hoffmann es considerado uno de los iniciadores del movimiento romántico

Το βιβλίο αυτό είναι ένα παζλ… Ο ΕΤΑ Χόφμαν ρίχνει μπροστά στον αναγνώστη όλα τα μικρά κομμάτια και τον καλεί να τα ενώσει έτσι ώστε να του αποκαλυφθεί ένα Σατανικό Πορτραίτο αλλά και να αισθανθεί τον εξαγνισμό…
Η ιστορία του αδελφού Μενταρ βαδίζει πάνω στα χνάρια του κλασικού γοτθικού μυθιστορήματο

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