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Smarra: & Trilby

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  3 reviews
Paperback, 150 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Hippocrene Books
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Dedalus pairs two works by Charles Nodier, his oft-noted (due to it's vampiric content) novella "Smarra" and another work about elves in Scotland called "Trilby" (no relation to the Trilby/Svengali novel by George Du Maurier). These are beautifully packaged together under a cover sporting a painting by Gustave Moreau, "Jupiter et Semele".

"Smarra: or the Demons of the Night" is an amazing work and justifiably deserves it reputation as a fantastique classic. The story starts with Lorenzo speaking
Despite being a major figure in the Romantic Movement in France Charles Nodier (1780-1844) has remained almost unknown in the English-speaking world, with just two brief tales for children having been translated into English in the 1920s. That was until Daedalus published two English translations of two exceptionally interesting novellas by this author in 1993, under the title “Smarra” and “Trilby”.

Trilby, or the Imp of Argyll, written in 1822, is essentially a fairy tale. Trilby is a household
Nodier's prose was wonderful to read, even in translation, and its rich flowing descriptions complement the meandering multi-layered plots. The overall feel of these two novellas fit well with the dreamscapes they described.
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Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier (April 29, 1780 – January 27, 1844), was a French author who introduced a younger generation of Romanticists to the conte fantastique, gothic literature, vampire tales, and the importance of dreams as part of literary creation, and whose career as a librarian is often underestimated by literary historians.
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Infernaliana Fantasmi francesi La fée aux miettes ; précédé de Smarra et de Trilby (Collection Folio) Smarra Ou Les Demons de La Nuit La Fée Aux Miettes (Oeuvres IV)

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“Such days of autumnal decline hold a strange mystery which adds to the gravity of all our moods.” 26 likes
“Scarcely has night arrived to undeceive, unfurling her wings of crepe (wings drained even of the glimmer just now dying in the tree-tops); scarcely has the last glint still dancing on the burnished metal heights of the tall towers ceased to fade, like a still glowing coal in a spent brazier, which whitens gradually beneath the ashes, and soon is indistinguishable from the abandoned hearth, than a fearful murmur rises amongst them, their teeth chatter with despair and rage, they hasten and scatter in their dread, finding witches everywhere, and ghosts. It is night... and Hell will gape once more.” 9 likes
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