The Dedalus Meyrink Reader by Gustav Meyrink,Mike Mitchell,Maurice Raraty

The Dedalus Meyrink Reader
  • Title : The Dedalus Meyrink Reader
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink,Mike Mitchell,Maurice Raraty
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9781903517857
  • Pages : 320
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This volume is a perfect companion for both the Meyrink scholar and the first-time Meyrink reader, containing as it does the whole gamut of Meyrink's writing from his love of the bizarre, the grotesque and the macabre to the spine-chilling occult tales and his quest to know what is on the `Other Side of the Mirror'. Gustav Meyrink has left behind a unique body of work, which can be sampled and enjoyed in The Dedalus Meyrink Reader. The Dedalus Meyrink Reader has excerpts from all the translated books and a whole section of hitherto untranslated material including the stories from the collection Fledermause and autobiographical articles.


The Golem by Gustav MEYRINK

The Golem
  • Title : The Golem
  • Author : Gustav MEYRINK
  • Publisher : Dedalus European Classics
  • ISBN Code : 9781910213674
  • Pages : 280
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Mike Mitchell has revised his translation and a new introduction has been added. 'A superbly atmospheric story set in the old Prague ghetto featuring the Golem, a kind of rabbinical Frankenstein's monster, which manifests every 33 years in a room without a door. Stranger still, it seems to have the same face as the narrator. Made into a film in 1920, this extraordinary book combines the uncanny psychology of doppelganger stories with expressionism and more than a little melodrama... Meyrink's old Prague -- like Dickens's London -- is one of the great creation of city writing, an eerie, claustrophobic and fantastical underworld where anything can happen.' Phil Baker in The Sunday Times


Walpurgisnacht by Gustav Meyrink

Walpurgisnacht
  • Title : Walpurgisnacht
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : Ariadne
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 169
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  • Language : English
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Walpurgisnacht uses Prague as the setting for a clash between German officialdom immured in the ancient castle above the Moldau, and a Czech revolution seething in the city below. History, myth and political reality merge in an apocalyptic climax as the rebels, urged on by a drum covered in human skin, storm the castle to crown a poor violinist "Emperor of the World" in St. Vitus' Cathedral.


The White Dominican by Gustav Meyrink

The White Dominican
  • Title : The White Dominican
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 165
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  • Language : English
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The White Dominican is Meyrink's most esoteric novel, and draws on the wisdom of a number of mystical traditions, the most important of which is Tao. It is set in a mystical version of the Bavarian town of Wasserburg, which sits on a promontory surrounded on three sides by the River Inn. The novel describes the spiritual journey of the simple hero, who, guided by a number of figures, (his eccentric father, the spirit of a distant ancestor, the protecting presence of his dead lover and the mysterious figure of the White Dominican), escapes the 'Medusa's head' of the world to a transfiguration, through which he joins the 'living chain that stretches to infinity.'.


The Green Face by Gustav Meyrink

The Green Face
  • Title : The Green Face
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : Dedalus
  • ISBN Code : 9781910213896
  • Pages : 224
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"Of the volumes available to the English public, The Green Face, first published in 1916, is the most enjoyable. In an Amsterdam that very much resembles the Prague of The Golem, a stranger, Hauberisser, enters by chance a magician's shop. The name on the shop, he believes, is Chidher Green; inside, among several strange customers, he hears an old man, who says his name is Green, explain that, like the Wandering Jew, he has been on earth 'ever since the moon has been circling the heaven.' When Hauberisser catches sight of the old man's face, it makes him sick with horror. The face haunts him. The rest of the novel chronicles Hauberisser's quest for the elusive and horrible old man." Alberto Manguel in The Observer


The Story of Yoga by Alistair Shearer

The Story of Yoga
  • Title : The Story of Yoga
  • Author : Alistair Shearer
  • Publisher : Hurst & Company
  • ISBN Code : 1787381927
  • Pages : 384
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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How did an ancient Indian spiritual discipline turn into a $20+ billion-a-year mainstay of the global wellness industry? What happened along yoga's winding path from the caves and forests of the sages to the gyms, hospitals and village halls of the modern West? This comprehensive history sets yoga in its global cultural context for the first time. It leads us on a fascinating journey across the world, from arcane religious rituals and medieval body-magic, through muscular Christianity and the British Raj, to the Indian nationalist movement and the arrival of yoga in the twentieth-century West. We discover how the practice reached its present-day ubiquity and how it became embedded in powerful social currents shaping the world's future, such as feminism, digital media, celebrity culture, the stress pandemic and the quest for an authentic identity in the face of unprecedented change. Shearer's revealing history boasts a colorful cast of characters past and present, who tell an engaging tale of scholars and scandal, science and spirit, wisdom and waywardness. This is the untold story of yoga, warts and all.


The Angel of the West Window by Gustav Meyrink

The Angel of the West Window
  • Title : The Angel of the West Window
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781903517819
  • Pages : 421
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  • Language : English
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A complex and ambitious novel which centres on the life of the Elizabethan magus, John Dee, in England, Poland and Prague, as it intertwines past and present, dreams and visions, myth and reality in a world of the occult, culminating in the transmutation of physical reality into a higher spiritual existence.


The Dedalus Occult Reader by Gary Lachman

The Dedalus Occult Reader
  • Title : The Dedalus Occult Reader
  • Author : Gary Lachman
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9781903517321
  • Pages : 368
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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People have enjoyed stories of magic and the supernatural for ages, but in the late 18th century, occult tales became more than thrilling entertainment. At the dawn of the modern age, many writers found the occult a powerful antidote to the rising scientification of human experience. In these reports from the dark side, the weird, enigmatic and unexplainable became symbols of the human spirit's resistance to a new, mechanistic, more rational world. The Dedalus Occult Reader brings together for the first time a unique collection of European fiction, including passages from Valery Bruisov, Andre Bely, William Beckford, Jacques Cazotte, Bulwer-Lytton, de Maupassant, de Nerval, Goethe, and Arthur Machen, offering some of the finest flowers from the hermetic gardens of literary occultism.


The Opal, and Other Stories by Gustav Meyrink

The Opal, and Other Stories
  • Title : The Opal, and Other Stories
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : Dedalus European Classics
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 222
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  • Language : English
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"Meyrink's short stories epitomized the non-plus-ultra of all modern writing. Their magnificent color, their spine-chilling and bizarre inventiveness, their aggression, their succinctness of style, their overwhelming originality of ideas which is so evident in every sentence and phrase that there seem to be no lacunae: all this captivated me, and seemed to me to provide the proper antidote to all the adjectival prose and shallow, false romanticism of the immediate preceding generation." Max Brod. "Gustav Meyrink's stories recall Gogol in their black, humorous vigor." The European


The Dedalus/Ariadne Book of Austrian Fantasy by Michael Mitchell

The Dedalus/Ariadne Book of Austrian Fantasy
  • Title : The Dedalus/Ariadne Book of Austrian Fantasy
  • Author : Michael Mitchell
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 416
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This is one of the best anthologies - as an anthology - I have ever read. It now has 43 tales in it, all of them exciting, all beautifully translated, ranging from the Austro-Hungarian decadence to modern science fiction. It also has an excellent introduction, describing the particular qualities of Austrian - as opposed to German, or any other - literatures. The Austro-Hungarian empire before the second world war was elegant, frivolous, possessed by baroque images of death and dissolution, full of witty sidelong comments on ossified political structures, in the form of bureaucracies and castles. Both of these were explored by Kafka, who is central to this anthology, in that there are three tales by him, and his rediscovery after the Nazi period has been a dominant and clearly benign influence on modern Austrian writing.


Des Deutschen Speissers Wunderhorn by Gustav Meyrink

Des Deutschen Speissers Wunderhorn
  • Title : Des Deutschen Speissers Wunderhorn
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : BiblioBazaar, LLC
  • ISBN Code : 9781110085590
  • Pages : 146
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.


The Life of Courage by Mike Mitchell

The Life of Courage
  • Title : The Life of Courage
  • Author : Mike Mitchell
  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • ISBN Code : 1907650024
  • Pages : 200
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A companion volume to Simplicissimus: the story of young girl named Courage, caught up in the turmoil of the Thirty Years' War, who survives, even prospers, by the use of her native cunning and sexual attraction. Completely amoral, she flits through a succession of husbands and lovers and ends her life with a band of Gypsies. The conceit here is that Courage supposedly tells her story to get back at Simplicissimus, who treats her dismissively in his own memoirs. This is a remorseless tale of lechery, knavery and trickery.


The Golem by Gustav Meyrink

The Golem
  • Title : The Golem
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher : SCB Distributors
  • ISBN Code : 1907650083
  • Pages : 200
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  • Language : English
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classic novel of Kaballah & legend, tr M Mitchell


Yoga in Transformation by Karl Baier,Philipp André Maas,Karin Preisendanz

Yoga in Transformation
  • Title : Yoga in Transformation
  • Author : Karl Baier,Philipp André Maas,Karin Preisendanz
  • Publisher : V&R unipress GmbH
  • ISBN Code : 3737008620
  • Pages : 630
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This volume explores aspects of yoga over a period of about 2500 years. In its first part, it investigates facets of the South Asian and Tibetan traditions of yoga, such as the evolution of posture practice, the relationship between yoga and sex, yoga in the theistic context, the influence of Buddhism on early yoga, and the encounter of Islam with classical yoga. The second part addresses aspects of modern globalised yoga and its historical formation, as for example the emergence of yoga in Viennese occultism, the integration of yoga and nature cure in modern India, the eventisation of yoga in a global setting, and the development of Patañjali’s iconography. In keeping with the current trend in yoga studies, the emphasis of the volume is on the practice of yoga and its theoretical underpinnings.


The Green Face by Gustav Meytink

The Green Face
  • Title : The Green Face
  • Author : Gustav Meytink
  • Publisher : Dedalus Ebooks
  • ISBN Code : 1907650067
  • Pages : 224
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Of the volumes available to the English public, The Green Face, first published in 1916, is the most enjoyable. In an Amsterdam that very much resembles the Prague of The Golem, a stranger, Hauberisser, enters by chance a magician's shop. The name on the shop, he believes, is Chidher Green; inside, among several strange customers, he hears an old man, who says his name is Green, explain that, like the Wandering Jew, he has been on earth 'ever since the moon has been circling the heaven.' When Hauberisser catches sight of the old man's face, it makes him sick with horror. The face haunts him. The rest of the novel chronicles Hauberisser's quest for the elusive and horrible old man." Alberto Manguel in The Observer This translation of The Green Face evokes a brooding, pre-first world war Amsterdam of ghettos, refugees and religious cults. The novel can be be read on many levels, something which no doubt contributed to its longevity. Eric Hidrew in The Leeds Guide Gustav Meyrink's most mystical novel yet. First published in 1916 to critical and commercial acclaim, the book is set in the near future of post-war Amsterdam, and is an elating vision of apocalypse. A trait of Meyrink's novels, particularly The Green Face, is its depth of meanings, which go beyond one single interpretation. It deals with love, a galaxy of grotesque characters, but it has other hidden significances, like the mystic conception of life. Full of symbols and parables, it's a very complex novel that is difficult to understand, but certainly worth the trouble. DT in Buzz Magazine


The Architect of Ruins by Herbert Rosendorfer,Mike Mitchell

The Architect of Ruins
  • Title : The Architect of Ruins
  • Author : Herbert Rosendorfer,Mike Mitchell
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9781903517796
  • Pages : 368
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  • Language : English
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The Architect of Ruins is considered one of the masterpieces of 20th century German fiction. An archetypal Dedalus novel with its literary game-playing and story-within-a-story technique. It has the labyrinthine brilliance of Robert Irwin's The Arabian Nightmare and Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.Four men led by the Architect of Ruins construct an Armagedon shelter, in the shape of a giant cigar, so that when the end of the world comes they can enter eternity in the right mood, whilst playing a Schubert string quartet. They amuse themselves by telling stories, which take on a life of their own, with walk on parts for Faust, Don Juan, da Ponte, and G.K. Chesterton etc as the narrative flashes back and forth between the Dark Ages and the Modern Day, like a literary Mobius strip.Although for European readers it will call to mind Jan Potocki's The Saragossa Manuscript, for English readers the wit and humour of The Architect of Ruins will make it read like a 20th century sequel to Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy.


The Dedalus Book of the Occult by Gary Lachman

The Dedalus Book of the Occult
  • Title : The Dedalus Book of the Occult
  • Author : Gary Lachman
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 378
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The occult was a crucial influence on the Renaissance, and it obsessed thinkers like Isaac Newton. Works of brilliance, sometimes even of genius were produced under the influence of occultism. Yet, not too infrequently, it also opened the door on a peculiar kind of madness. The Dedalus Book of the Occult celebrates the influence of occult thought and sensibility on some of the central poets and writers of the last two centuries, beginning with the Enlightenment obsession with occult politics, through the Romantic explosion, the paradoxically decadent and futuristic occultism of the fin de siecle, and the deep occult roots of the modernist movement. Swedenborg, Baudelaire, Huysmans and Strindberg are only some of the names to feature in this hidden history of western thought.


The Golem by Ahban Azer

The Golem
  • Title : The Golem
  • Author : Ahban Azer
  • Publisher : DEK.BOOK
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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"A superbly atmospheric story set in the old Prague ghetto featuring The Golem, a kind of rabbinical Frankenstein's monster, which manifests iitself every 33 years in a room without a door. Stranger still, it seems to have the same face as the narrator. Made into a film in 1920, this extraordinary book combines uncanny psychology of doppelganger stories with expressionism and more than a little melodrama... Meyrink's old Prague - like Dicken's London - is one of the great creations of City writing, an eerie, claustrophobic and fantastical underworld where anything can happen." -- Phil Baker in The Sunday Times About the Author Gustav Meyrink (I868-1932) found worldwide critical and commercial acclaim with his first novel The Golem (I9I5), which prior to the Dedalus Meyrink programme has been the only work available in English. It established his reputation as the master of the occult and the grotesque.(He was the German translator of Dickens). His reputation declined in his last years but his work is now being reassessed in Germany & Austria, and he is now considered as one of the most important German language novelists of the 20th century . Dedalus is part of the European-wide movement championing Meyrink's work. A new translation of The Golem was published by Dedalus in 1995, and the first English translations of The Green Face; Walpurgisnacht, The Angel of the West Window, The White Dominican, The Opal (and other stories), were published by Dedalus during 1991-94 making all of Meyrink's major work available in English. In 2008 Dedalus published the first English language biography of Gustav Meyrink,Vivo: The Life of Gustav Meyrink by Mike Michell. In 2010 Dedalus will publish a further collection of Meyrink's short stories. For many years an academic with a special interest in Austrian literature and culture, Mike Mitchell has been a freelance literary translator since 1995. He is one of Dedalus's editorial directors and is responsible for the Dedalus translation programme. He has published over fifty translations from German and French, including Gustav Meyrink's five novels and The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy. His translation of Rosendorfer's Letters Back to Ancient China won the 1998 Schlegel-Tieck Translation Prize after he had been shortlisted in previous years for his translations of Stephanie by Herbert Rosendorfer and The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. His translations have been shortlisted three times for The Oxford Weidenfeld Translation Prize:Simplicissimus by Johann Grimmelshausen in 1999, The Other Side by Alfred Kubin in 2000 and The Bells of Bruges by Georges Rodenbach in 2008. His biography of Gustav Meyrink:Vivo:The Life of Gustav Meyrink was published by Dedalus in November 2008.


The Other Side by Alfred Kubin

The Other Side
  • Title : The Other Side
  • Author : Alfred Kubin
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 248
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  • Language : English
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Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) was one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century who was widely known for his illustrations of writers of the fantastic such as Balzac, E. I. A. Hoffmann, Gustav Meyrink and Edgar Allan Poe. In his combination of the darkly decadent, the fantastic and the grotesque, in his evocations of dream and nightmare, his creation of an atmosphere of mystery and fear he resembles Mervyn Peake. The Other Side tells of a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare, of a journey to Pearl, a mysterious city created deep in Asia, which is also a journey to the depths of the subconscious. Or as Kubin himself called it, 'a sort of Baedeker for those lands which are half known to us'.


Full Wolf Moon by K. L. Nappier

Full Wolf Moon
  • Title : Full Wolf Moon
  • Author : K. L. Nappier
  • Publisher : Lulu.com
  • ISBN Code : 0557587409
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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You've never read a werewolf thriller with more bizarre twists than this.Eastern California, 1942.In the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, Army Capt. Maxwell Pierce commands Lakeside Assembly Center, where U.S. resident Japanese nationals and their American born children are processed for Tulenar Japanese Internment Camp. The civilian head of Tulenar is political hard-baller Doris Tebbe. Like Max, she doesn't believe in werewolves. Only David Alma Curar, a Navajo healer who has tracked the beast's bloody trail to Tulenar, believes in the evil stalking the camp. But this werewolf hunter doesn't want to kill the beast.He has his own reasons for taking it alive.'Nappier has successfully revived the werewolf myth ... Full Wolf Moon [is] compelling and suspenseful.' ~Lisa Ciurro, Tampa Book Buzz'Full Wolf Moon doesn't howl, it sings.' ~ Patricia J. Grande, Amazon.com Reader Review


The Dark Domain by Stefan Grabinski

The Dark Domain
  • Title : The Dark Domain
  • Author : Stefan Grabinski
  • Publisher : Dedalus Press
  • ISBN Code : 9781909232044
  • Pages : 153
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  • Language : English
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'...reading The Dark Domain by Stephan Grabinski is such a revelatory experience. Because here is a writer for whom supernatural horror is manifest precisely in modernity - in electricity, fire-stations, trains:the uncanny as the bad conscience of today. Sometimes Grabinski is known as the Polish Poe but this is misleading. Where Poe's horror is agonised, a kind of extended shriek, Grabinski's is cerebral, investigative. His protagonists are tortured and aghast, but not because they suffer at the caprice of Lovecraftian blind idiot gods: Grabinski's universe is strange and its principles are perhaps not what we expect, but they are principles - rules- and it is in their exploration that the mystery lies. This is horror as rigour.'China Mieville in The Guardian


The Dedalus Book of German Decadence by Raymond Furness

The Dedalus Book of German Decadence
  • Title : The Dedalus Book of German Decadence
  • Author : Raymond Furness
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781873982211
  • Pages : 289
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  • Language : English
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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 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.


The Red Laugh by Leonid Andreyev

The Red Laugh
  • Title : The Red Laugh
  • Author : Leonid Andreyev
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781410103253
  • Pages : 100
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  • Language : English
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The Red Laugh, originally published in 1904, has been described as "..a ghastly delineation of the horrors of war."Between the two Revolutions of 1905 and 1917 Leonid Andreyev was without a doubt the foremost writer in Russia. His name was always spoken with veneration, in mysterious whispers, as a grim portentous magician who descended into the ultimate depths of the nether side of life and fathomed the beauty and tragedy of the struggle. Born Leonid Nickolayevitch in the province of Oryol, in 1871, he studied law at the University of Moscow. Those were the days of suffering and starvation; he gazed into the abyss of sorrow and despair. In January 1894 he made an unsuccessful attempt to kill himself by shooting, and then was forced by the authorities to severe penitence, which augmented the natural morbidness of his temperament. As a lawyer his career was short-lived, and he soon abandoned it for literature, beginning as a police-court reporter on the Moscow Courier. In 1902 he published the short story In The Fog, which for the first time brought him universal recognition. He was imprisoned during the revolution of 1905, together with Maxim Gorky, on political charges. Such are the few significant details of his personal life, for the true Andreyev is entirely in his stories and plays.


The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000 by First Last

The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000
  • Title : The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000
  • Author : First Last
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 401
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  • Language : English
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Monsieur Venus by Rachilde

Monsieur Venus
  • Title : Monsieur Venus
  • Author : Rachilde
  • Publisher : Modern Language Association
  • ISBN Code : 1603292551
  • Pages : 211
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  • Language : English
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When the rich and well-connected Raoule de Vénérande becomes enamored of Jacques Silvert, a poor young man who makes artificial flowers for a living, she turns him into her mistress and eventually into her wife. Raoule's suitor, a cigar-smoking former hussar officer, becomes an accomplice in the complications that ensue.


Vivo by Michael Mitchell,Mike Mitchell

Vivo
  • Title : Vivo
  • Author : Michael Mitchell,Mike Mitchell
  • Publisher : Dark Master Series
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 225
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Here is the first English bio of the cult author of The Golem, written by a prize-winning scholar. The remarkable life and the fantastic legend that was Meyrink, allowing him and those who knew him to speak in their own words wherever possible. The illegitimate son of an aristocratic politician and an actress, Meyrink established himself as a banker in Prague, while achieving notoriety as a dandy and rake, while also being a successful sportsman. About to commit suicide, he chanced on a pamphlet about life after death, put his revolver away and started a lifelong interest in the occult. He unmasked false mediums and experimented with alchemy, drugs and clairvoyancy until an affair of honor led him to challenge the whole of the Prague officer corps, setting machinations in motion which resulted in his being wrongly imprisoned. His bank then collapsed and he became a writer. Stories collected around him, so that it is often difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.


The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides by Gary Lachman

The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides
  • Title : The Dedalus Book of Literary Suicides
  • Author : Gary Lachman
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 321
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Writers have been killing themselves for centuries. From Petronius in ancient Rome to the 20th Century Japanese novelist Yukio Mishima, writers, more than any other kind of artist, have taken their own lives in an extraordinary number of ways. With bullets, poison, drugs and swords, poets, playwrights, novelists and philosophers have sent themselves off into the big sleep. Others, one step shy of that last exit, have made great literature about the urge to self-destruction. For the first time, Gary Lachman investigates the many links between self-death and the written word, bringing together an unusual gallery of literary greats and a host of other fatal characters. Typically for Dedalus, the covers gorgeous. Sasha Selavie in QX International Dead Letters ultimately proves to be at once stimulating and thought-provoking and the section devoted to various suicidal writings is most diverting. Peter Burton in One80 Reviews


The Other Side by Alfred Kubin

The Other Side
  • Title : The Other Side
  • Author : Alfred Kubin
  • Publisher : Dedalus Limited
  • ISBN Code : 9781910213032
  • Pages : 249
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  • Language : English
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The Other Side tells of a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare, of a journey to Pearl, a mysterious city created deep in Asia, which is also a journey to the depths of the subconcious, or as Kubin himself called it, 'a sort of Baedeker for those lands which are half known to us'. Written in 1908, and more or less half way between Meyrink and Kafka, it was greeted with wild enthusiasm by the artists and writers of the Expressionist generation. ' Expressionist illustrator Kubin wrote this fascinating curio, his only literary work in 1908. A town named Pearl, assembled and presided over by the aptly named Patera, is the setting for his hallucinatory vision of a society founded on instinct over reason. Culminating apocalyptically - plagues of insects, mountains of corpses and orgies in the street - it is worth reading for its dizzying surrealism alone. Though ostensibly a gothic macabre fantasy, it is tempting to read The Other Side as a satire on the reactionary, idealist utopianism evident in German thought in the early twentieth century, highly prescient in its gloom, given later developments. The language often suggests Nietsche. The inevitable collapse of Patera's creation is lent added horror by hindsight. Kubin's depiction of absurd bureaucracy is strongly reminiscent of Kafka's The Trial, and his flawed utopia, situated next to a settlement of supposed savages, brings to mind Huxley's Brave New World; it precedes both novels, and this superb new translation could demonstrate its influence on subsequent modern literature.' Kieron Pim in Time Out It will appeal to fans of Mervyn Peake and readers who like the darkly decadent, the fantastic and the grotesque in their reading.


The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy by Jan Potocki (hrabia)

The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy
  • Title : The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy
  • Author : Jan Potocki (hrabia)
  • Publisher : European Literary Fantasy Anthologies
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 377
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Dedalus Book of Dutch Fantasy is the most ambitious and wide-ranging anthology of Dutch fiction ever to appear in English, and reads like the Who's Who of Dutch Literature, with stories by the undisputed contemporary masters such as Gerard Reve and Harry Mulisch, and classic authors such as Couperus, Van Schendel and Vestdijk, as well as many of the rising stars of the younger generation; Frans Kellendonk, A.F.TH. Van Der Heijden and P.F. Thomese. The stereotype of the Dutch that most immediately springs to mind is that of a clean, orderly, and down-to-earth people. Richard Huijing reveals the other side of this society; that of a dark netherworld of the macabre, the weird, the perverted, the violent and the fancifully impossible conjured up by a host of the finest writers in the Dutch language of the last hundred years.


Golem by David Wisniewski

Golem
  • Title : Golem
  • Author : David Wisniewski
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ISBN Code : 0547531796
  • Pages : 32
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Retold from traditional sources and accompanied by David Wisniewski's unique cut-paper illustrations, Golem is a dramatic tale of supernatural forces invoked to save an oppressed people. It also offers a thought-provoking look at the consequences of unleashing power beyond human control. The afterword discusses the legend of the golem and its roots in the history of the Jews. A Caldecott Medal Book.


Golem by Maya Barzilai

Golem
  • Title : Golem
  • Author : Maya Barzilai
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • ISBN Code : 147984845X
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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2017 Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Jewish Literature and Linguistics Honorable Mention, 2016 Baron Book Prize presented by AAJR A monster tour of the Golem narrative across various cultural and historical landscapes In the 1910s and 1920s, a “golem cult” swept across Europe and the U.S., later surfacing in Israel. Why did this story of a powerful clay monster molded and animated by a rabbi to protect his community become so popular and pervasive? The golem has appeared in a remarkable range of popular media: from the Yiddish theater to American comic books, from German silent film to Quentin Tarantino movies. This book showcases how the golem was remolded, throughout the war-torn twentieth century, as a muscular protector, injured combatant, and even murderous avenger. This evolution of the golem narrative is made comprehensible by, and also helps us to better understand, one of the defining aspects of the last one hundred years: mass warfare and its ancillary technologies. In the twentieth century the golem became a figure of war. It represented the chaos of warfare, the automation of war technologies, and the devastation wrought upon soldiers’ bodies and psyches. Golem: Modern Wars and Their Monsters draws on some of the most popular and significant renditions of this story in order to unravel the paradoxical coincidence of wartime destruction and the fantasy of artificial creation. Due to its aggressive and rebellious sides, the golem became a means for reflection about how technological progress has altered human lives, as well as an avenue for experimentation with the media and art forms capable of expressing the monstrosity of war. New Books Network interview with Maya Barzilai on Golem


The Experience of the Night by Marcel Béalu

The Experience of the Night
  • Title : The Experience of the Night
  • Author : Marcel Béalu
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 210
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A novel, translated by Christine Donougher. Published at the close of the Second World War, "The Experience of Night" achieved celebrity among the surrealists as the masterpiece of "the French Kafka." Dream and reality are indistinguishable in its dusky world. Marcel Adrien sees the sign of an opthalmologist, and enters to inquire about having his eyes checked, only to find that he is expected. The mysterious Dr. Fohat has files on his future clients; his regimen is a new way of seeing, a new eye. "You have to lose your way seven times in the earth's labyrinth to be familiar with the echo, guardian of metals and stones, residing in its vaults...."


The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges,Erik Desmazieres

The Library of Babel
  • Title : The Library of Babel
  • Author : Jorge Luis Borges,Erik Desmazieres
  • Publisher : Pocket Paragon
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 36
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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"Not many living artists would be sufficiently brave or inspired to attempt reflecting in art what Borges constructs in words. But the detailed, evocative etchings by Erik Desmazieres provide a perfect counterpoint to the visionary prose. Like Borges, Desmazieres has created his own universe, his own definition of the meaning, topography and geography of the Library of Babel. Printed together, with the etchings reproduced in fine-line duotone, text and art unite to present an artist's book that belongs in the circle of Borges's sacrosanct Crimson Hexagon - "books smaller than natural books, books omnipotent, illustrated, and magical.""--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Medical Technologies in Neurosurgery by Christopher Nimsky,Rudolf Fahlbusch

Medical Technologies in Neurosurgery
  • Title : Medical Technologies in Neurosurgery
  • Author : Christopher Nimsky,Rudolf Fahlbusch
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN Code : 9783211333037
  • Pages : 100
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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This Acta Neurochirurica supplement distills the accomplishments of the Joint Convention of the Academia Eurasania Nuerochirurgica and the German Academy of Neurosurgery held in Bamberg, Germany from Sept. 1-3 2005. The main focus is "Medical Technologies for Neurosurgery," including: imaging, image processing, robotics, workflow analysis and ethics. Coverage extends from an overview of medical technologies, to robotic-assisted systems in neurosurgical operating rooms, to intraoperative MRI.


Walpurgisnacht by Gustav Meyrink

Walpurgisnacht
  • Title : Walpurgisnacht
  • Author : Gustav Meyrink
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A Sick Gray Laugh by Nicole Cushing

A Sick Gray Laugh
  • Title : A Sick Gray Laugh
  • Author : Nicole Cushing
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 9781939905529
  • Pages : N.A
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Uninhabited House by J.H. Riddell

The Uninhabited House
  • Title : The Uninhabited House
  • Author : J.H. Riddell
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 3732668657
  • Pages : 128
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Reproduction of the original: The Uninhabited House by J.H. Riddell


Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide

Petra’s Ghost
  • Title : Petra’s Ghost
  • Author : C.S. O’Cinneide
  • Publisher : Titan Books
  • ISBN Code : 1789095611
  • Pages : 336
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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A woman has vanished on the Camino de Santiago. Daniel walks the lonely trail carrying his wife Petra’s ashes, along with the damning secret of how she really died. Vibrant California girl Ginny seems like the perfect antidote for his grieving heart, until a nightmare figure begins to stalk them, and Daniel's mind starts to unravel as they are pursued by things he cannot explain.


The Meme Machine by Susan Blackmore

The Meme Machine
  • Title : The Meme Machine
  • Author : Susan Blackmore
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • ISBN Code : 0191574619
  • Pages : 288
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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Humans are extraordinary creatures, with the unique ability among animals to imitate and so copy from one another ideas, habits, skills, behaviours, inventions, songs, and stories. These are all memes, a term first coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 in his book The Selfish Gene. Memes, like genes, are replicators, and this enthralling book is an investigation of whether this link between genes and memes can lead to important discoveries about the nature of the inner self. Confronting the deepest questions about our inner selves, with all our emotions, memories, beliefs, and decisions, Susan Blackmore makes a compelling case for the theory that the inner self is merely an illusion created by the memes for the sake of replication.


The Weird by Jeff VanderMeer,Ann VanderMeer

The Weird
  • Title : The Weird
  • Author : Jeff VanderMeer,Ann VanderMeer
  • Publisher : Tor Books
  • ISBN Code : 1466803193
  • Pages : 1152
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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From Lovecraft to Borges to Gaiman, a century of intrepid literary experimentation has created a corpus of dark and strange stories that transcend all known genre boundaries. Together these stories form The Weird, and its practitioners include some of the greatest names in twentieth and twenty-first century literature. Exotic and esoteric, The Weird plunges you into dark domains and brings you face to face with surreal monstrosities. You won't find any elves or wizards here...but you will find the biggest, boldest, and downright most peculiar stories from the last hundred years bound together in the biggest Weird collection ever assembled. The Weird features 110 stories by an all-star cast, from literary legends to international bestsellers to Booker Prize winners: including William Gibson, George R. R. Martin, Stephen King, Angela Carter, Kelly Link, Franz Kafka, China Miéville, Clive Barker, Haruki Murakami, M. R. James, Neil Gaiman, Mervyn Peake, and Michael Chabon. The Weird is the winner of the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Anthology At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.