Feb 26, 2020
The Dedalus Book of German Decadence: Voices of the Abyss
Posted by Ray Furness Mike Mitchell Georg Heym Hanns Heinz Ewers Thomas Mann Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Herman Bahr Arthur Holitscher

The Brockhaus encyclopedia of 1896 referred to the decadent literary movement as a symptom of today s nervous, senile, fragmented society which is impervious to anything healthy and natural and which is primarily French But beneath the brash and pompous exterior of the German Empire, decadent literature thrived, fueled by the music of Wagner, the paradoxes of NietzscThe Brockhaus encyclopedia of 1896 referred to the decadent literary movement as a symptom of today s nervous, senile, fragmented society which is impervious to anything healthy and natural and which is primarily French But beneath the brash and pompous exterior of the German Empire, decadent literature thrived, fueled by the music of Wagner, the paradoxes of Nietzsche, and the writings of Thomas Mann, the movement s self styled chronicler and analyst This analogy collects works by Sacher Masoch, Trakl, Leppin, Przybyszewski, Mann, and other, demonstrating that Berlin, Vienna and Prague served equally with Paris as hosts for this provocative European cultural movement.

  • Title: The Dedalus Book of German Decadence: Voices of the Abyss
  • Author: Ray Furness Mike Mitchell Georg Heym Hanns Heinz Ewers Thomas Mann Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Herman Bahr Arthur Holitscher
  • ISBN: 9781873982211
  • Page: 375
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Dedalus Book of German Decadence Voices of the Abyss The Brockhaus encyclopedia of referred to the decadent literary movement as a symptom of today s nervous senile fragmented society which is impervious to anything healthy and natural and which

    Dfordoom

    It s hardly necessary to say that The Dedalus Book of German Decadence Voices from the Abyss is fabulous All the Dedalus anthologies are fabulous And as always, lot of authors I d never heard of, and now I m going to be desperately searching or of their work Although I do have an awful sinking feeling that finding English translations is going to be somewhat difficult I ve already looked for an English translation of Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers extracts from which appear in the anthology , and [...]


    The Literary Chick

    Heady stuff You have to let yourself fall into it to get through it, or you ll be too distracted wondering how Harold s Purple Crayon managed to write so much damn prose.


    James

    The writers and material collected in this anthology should make it a 5 star book, except that almost all of it consists of excerpts from longer works rather than well chosen stories Book extracts are a waste of everybody s time, and the fact that each piece is not identified as being such in the blurb, on the contents page, in the introduction or even at the start of each piece is dishonest You only learn what is an extract at the end of each selection A wasted opportunity.


    Peter Houlihan

    This for me sums up the feeling of isolation and alienation of the mind in a ever changing society based on image rather than character how the mind is effected by ever changing imagery enjoyable in its portrayal of disturbance of the mind the differant authors l treated as an intoduction to the genre in general


    Astralgravy

    the gorgeous language of the symbolist writers is just incredible i could smother myself in it and die under pages and pages of the most lush descriptions i ve ever cast eyes on and be the happiest person alivetably, androgyne and the autopsy, as well as excerpts of alraune but that is best on its own, in an unabridged form.


    Maddy

    Outside of Trakl, Sacher Masoch Mann rather dry.



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      Ray Furness Mike Mitchell Georg Heym Hanns Heinz Ewers Thomas Mann Leopold von Sacher-Masoch Herman Bahr Arthur Holitscher