The King in the Golden Mask

The King in the Golden Mask #2020

The King in the Golden Mask First published in French in and never before translated fully into English The King in the Golden Mask gathers of Marcel Schwob s cruelest and most erudite tales Melding the fantastic with h
  • Title: The King in the Golden Mask
  • Author: Marcel Schwob
  • ISBN: 9780856355790
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in French in 1892 and never before translated fully into English, The King in the Golden Mask gathers 21 of Marcel Schwob s cruelest and most erudite tales Melding the fantastic with historical fiction, these stories describe moments of unexplained violence both historical and imaginary, often blending the two through Schwob s collaging of primary source dFirst published in French in 1892 and never before translated fully into English, The King in the Golden Mask gathers 21 of Marcel Schwob s cruelest and most erudite tales Melding the fantastic with historical fiction, these stories describe moments of unexplained violence both historical and imaginary, often blending the two through Schwob s collaging of primary source documents into fiction Brimming with murder, suicide, royal leprosy and medieval witchcraft, Schwob s stories portray clergymen furtively attending medieval sabbaths, Protestant galley slaves laboring under the persecution of Louis XIV and dice tumbling sons of Florentine noblemen wandering Europe at the height of the 1374 plague These writings are of such hallucinatory detail and linguistic specificity that the reader is left wondering whether they aren t newly unearthed historical documents To read Schwob is to encounter human history in its most scintillating form as it comes into contact with this unparalleled imagination.
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    While as stories these often feel ever so slight, barely than historical sketches of lost times, peoples, and events in classical or medieval history, Schwob was a master at reworking found tales and settings into incandescent imagery that push these into the hallucinatory and ineffaceable A clear influence on Borges, even the simplest of these look onwards towards his early pseudo biographies in A Universal History of Iniquity, while the elaborate become tightly arranged symbolist tableaux th [...]

    This translation, by Iain White, is not exactly of Schwob s book of this title Instead it is a selection of stories from several of Schwob s books Coeur double The double heart , Le Roi au masque d or The king in the golden mask , Vies imaginaires Imaginary lives which has been translated in full elsewhere The children s crusade White explains that he did not include any stories from Book of Monelle because he believes the book is simply not excerptible it must be taken as a whole as a quite exc [...]

    What an unforgettable voice Guillermo del Toro recommended Schwob to me quite a gift I am reading the stories in German so can t judge the English version Hope it s equally powerful and unique

    Ten a ganas de leer algo de Marcel Schwob, pero creo que mi elecci n no ha sido la m s acertada M s adelante leer alguna novela suya, para comprobar si es mejor novelista que cuentista He le do este libro en espa ol, en una edici n descatalogada.Este libro re ne dos colecciones de cuentos, El rey de la m scara de oro y La cruzada de los ni os No voy a hablar de la segunda porque no tiene mayor inter s, salvo que seas creyente No es mi caso Se dir a que los 8 relatos en realidad son cartas de la [...]

    A strange and haunting collection of stories, each a fever dream, most often with a curious sense of irresolution and moral ambiguity A major influence on Jorge Luis Borges and beloved by the Surrealists, Schwob was fascinated by the bizarre and the occult, and employed a variety of obscure historical documents in his work, incorporating and reworking the original texts in a kind of appropriative palimpsest that looks forward to post modern fictional strategies The result is compelling, the ofte [...]

    Glittering, dense little stories Like some other late 19th early 20th stuff Machen, e.g it has this weird sensory intensity that almost overwhelms you at times Great translation, it seems Lovely little book, physically, too, nice print, nice pages, striking cover design.Supposedly an influence on both Borges and Bolano so, you know, I had to read it But it s its own thing.

    Nice, compact collection of precise, diamond cut stories, some engaging and satisfying than others They are all eerie and vaguely sinister They look, in my mind s eye, like sets in a Jodorowsky movie My favorite The Embalming Women.

    I honestly only read this for the title story, which I thought was the best one of the collection There were a few others that were compelling, disturbing, and creepy Overall, a good collection of short stories.

    Oltre le Vite Immaginarie i racconti semisconosciuti di un raffinatissimo simbolistaMarcel Schwob un autore fondamentale per comprendere quella stagione della letteratura francese e non solo che va sotto il nome di simbolismo In Italia conosciuto soprattutto per Le vite immaginarie, di cui sono disponibili numerose edizioni altri volumi, editi per lo pi da piccole case editrici, consentono di farsi un idea pi completa della produzione letteraria di questo eclettico autore, che nella sua breve vi [...]

    A collection of older weird short stories translated from French, they re impressive in how modern they feel in spite of their age The most interesting thing to me was how abrupt the stories ended in this one where I m used to a drawn out narrative, many of these simply come to a logical conclusion and we move on It was a nice addition to already unsettling stories This is worth a look, especially if you re as interested in the evolution of the weird branch of horror fiction as I am.

    Fascinating book fantastic tales from early 20th century, with a surrealist twist to them I enjoy the archaic language he uses, which the translator has or so it seems has done a good job replicating I would love to read this in French to get the real flavor of that aspect of the book.

    Lots of great adjectives in this book, like grogblossomed Everyone dies Also made me realize my 1 fantasy might be being mummified

    Schwob s descriptions in The Fat Man make the fable s structure into a mirror of the plot A fable lacks, it must be left a skeleton for the reader to flesh out The Dom brought tears to my eyes I wondered if corpse sinkers were real.Here s a list of words I learned from The Amber Trader massif, burin, and moraine A friend recently told me that there will be software that could translate a book from one language to another, taking into account my preferences But in this hypothetical translation, i [...]

    Aunque est lejos de su mejor libro, Vidas imaginarias, es imposible no deshacerse ante la prosa de Schwob.

    Me ha sorprendido este autor, desconocido para m Aunque algunos de sus cuentos han envejecido bastante mal tiene otros que son realmente buenos.

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