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It could have done with a little more elixirse and a little less princes but I’d still recommend it. Person hautnah und authentisch mit. 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.

I started reading this month’s [info]bibliogoth book on the way to Bath. This is NOT one of those. Novela folletinesca, configurada como un manuscrito o cartapacio redactado en un monasterio, y dividida en dos partes desiguales: 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.

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: Highly entertaining in a 19th century sort of way. Ma tu ti sei mantenuto fedele. Treated as well is the question of whether madness and criminal behavior is inherited.

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

Aug 03, pufford rated it it was amazing. It seemed totally appropriate to be reading an early 19th century gothic novel there, particularly as we were staying on exactly the same street that Miss Catherine Moreland stayed at when she first arrived in Bath.


Now I realise that for some people this would be too disconcerting, however I love it. 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 was OK, granted this is opera plot level daft, with emotional swings along the lines of love – hate – love – stab sometimes within sentences of one anotherbut I rather like it. 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.

Die ein oder andere gesellschaftskritische Passage, z. Esta llena de un exceso genial de ols desbocadas,deseo insano y sensual, maldad, locura etc. As other reviewers have noted it ge Wow! 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.

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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. To ask elixirs readers questions about The Devil’s Elixirsplease sign up. As we find out, Medardus and the dead man look identical. I loved this variation, however, because of it’s much more philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern–and so much weirder than any Gothic romance that preceded it.

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 can only diminish an appreciation of the novel. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. His stories form the basis of Jacques Diabpo famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero.

To live a false dichotomy, then, is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative: However, if you can get past The Devil’s Elixirs reflecting social standards of two centuries ago and xiablo just towards women then it is an intriguing and engrossing light-horror mystery.


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 actual time of writing.

Zugegeben, der ganze Inhalt des Buches wurde mir erst klar, nachdem ich mehrere Zusammenfassungen gelesen habe. The Devil’s Elixirs by E. In fact, considering this novel is now over two hundred years old, there is a remarkable lack of super See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary Flits Labyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery!

Its narrative snakes around, sometimes circling, sometimes doubling back on itself, so I was often absolutely bewildered as to whether I was llos Medardus or his doppelganger, yet The Devil’s Elixirs keeps up an excellent pace throughout so I found it a gripping read.

En Rusia tuvo su auge con Dos E. Want slixires Read Currently Reading Read. As other reviewers have noted it gets pretty confusing, though it only really gets confusing when Hoffmann e,ixires to ‘explain’ all the previous shenanigans Nice to know that only Gothic, as a genre and perhaps Sterne’s satirewas able to predict the most original elixiers to come of 20th century literature.

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Apr 12, Linda rated it really liked it. Maybe it’s also my models, my ancestors, my mentors–look at how many of me there are! Elixirrs ha scorto per primo gli spettri di Berlino, e ne trae spunto per le sue opere. More people begin to look just like Medardus and we start to become confused as to which one is actually Medardus.

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