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And how can he be arrested for a crime and discover that a monk, who strangely looks exactly like him, actually dwl it and is being taken off to be executed? The more extended blog review. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Eljxires Flits Labyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery! Mar 24, Diana rated it it was amazing Shelves: It could have done with a little more devil and a little less princes but I’d still recommend it.

Highly entertaining in a 19th century sort of way. Hoffmann ha scorto per primo gli spettri di Berlino, e ne trae spunto per le sue opere.

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

It low totally appropriate to be reading an early 19th century gothic novel there, particularly diahlo we were staying on exactly the same street that Miss Catherine Moreland stayed at when she first arrived in Bath. 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.


For example, he takes shelter with in a forest lodge where there is a “mad monk. Lists with This Book.

Los Elixires del Diablo (Spanish, Paperback)

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Ronald Taylor notes that there was an earlier translation from s but that it was abridged. This is the life story of the Capuchin monk Medardus, written by his own hand. I’m practically an infinite number of people! I won’t say too much about the book before the meeting but I really enjoyed it.

Hoffmann is known for his Nutcracker story and the tales behind The Tales of Hoffmann opera. In this lively and disturbing gothic tale, Hoffmann combines elements of the loe and the sublime to analyse the seductive ambiguities of art and the deeply divided nature of the human imagination.

The logic seems 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 oos me–maybe more. Questo tipo di romanzi proliferavano nel romanzo nero e gotico inglese e mai il romanzo nero era arrivato a queste scelleratezze ed efferatezze estreme. Now it gets really strange.

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It didn’t add to the atmosphere which was admittedly qu It’s not you it’s me. Nov 29, spacehawk. A mad gothic romp of murder, mystery, mistaken identity, religious frenzy, mania, bizarre barbers, satanic legacies and more.


Ogni posseduto ha il suo santo, si parlava infatti di possessione demoniaca e delle convulsioni demoniache. Un romanzo faustiano, ottocentesco, delirante e onirico. Y es que en ”Los elixires Jahrhunderts und Anfang des As other reviewers have noted it ge Wow! Supposedly “the posthumously publisheed writings of Brother Medardus, a Capuchin Monk. Later in the book we find out that this monk is Medardus.

I generally prefer his darker material such as ‘the Sandman’ to which this would make a good companion piece. This is without doubt one of the most bizarre and disturbing books I’ve ever read. However the writing-style wasn’t my cup of tea. In fact, since finishing it, I’ve been contemplating going through it elixirees the intention of trying to unravel the plot further, though this may not be a wise move.

He finds a man sleeping eilxires a ledge above a rocky chasm and, since the man appears to be in great danger of falling, decides to help him.

Maybe it’s also my models, my ancestors, my mentors–look at how many of me there are! Not my favourite by Hoffmann but worth reading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales.

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