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The Devil's Elixirs
     

The Devil's Elixirs

by E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ronald Taylor (Translator)
 

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The son of a heinous sinner, Medardus is brought up in a monastery to atone for his father’s wicked ways. After succumbing to temptation, however, Medardus himself is lured into a life of sin, and he embarks upon a fantastical journey in which he meets his doppelganger, involves himself in a game of double impersonation, and becomes embroiled in murderous

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The son of a heinous sinner, Medardus is brought up in a monastery to atone for his father’s wicked ways. After succumbing to temptation, however, Medardus himself is lured into a life of sin, and he embarks upon a fantastical journey in which he meets his doppelganger, involves himself in a game of double impersonation, and becomes embroiled in murderous intrigues at the Vatican. First published in 1815, this is a macabre masterpiece of German literature.

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"E.T.A Hoffman belongs to that eternal guild of poets and visionaries who take revenge on the life that is tormenting them by showing it examples of forms more colorful and diverse than reality can manage to convey."  —Stefan Zweig, author, Chess

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847490841
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Oneworld Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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E.T.A. Hoffmann (1776–1822) was a German composer, caricaturist, critic, and author. His works include The Golden Pot and Other Tales and The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr. Ronald Taylor is a scholar and author who specializes in German intellectual history.

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