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The King in the Golden Mask and Other Writings

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Hardcover, 186 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Carcanet Pr (first published 1891)
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Stephen Miletus
Jun 13, 2013 Stephen Miletus rated it really liked it
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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 tak ...more
Bastet
Sep 19, 2016 Bastet rated it it was ok
Tenía ganas de leer algo de Marcel Schwob, pero creo que mi elección no ha sido la más acertada. Más adelante leeré alguna novela suya, para comprobar si es mejor novelista que cuentista. (He leído este libro en español, en una edición descatalogada).

Este libro reúne dos colecciones de cuentos, El rey de la máscara de oro y La cruzada de los niños. No voy a hablar de la segunda porque no tiene mayor interés, salvo que seas creyente. (No es mi caso). Se diría que los 8 relatos —en realidad son ca
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Cornelia Funke
Oct 25, 2015 Cornelia Funke rated it it was amazing
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!
Kate
Oct 31, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
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.
K.
Jan 30, 2013 K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
snow blind
chrysoprase
gibbet

Of all the Decadent/Symbolist authors, Marcel Schwob is the purest.
Vittorio Ducoli
Apr 03, 2016 Vittorio Ducoli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oltre le Vite Immaginarie: i racconti semisconosciuti di un raffinatissimo simbolista

Marcel Schwob è un autore fondamentale per comprendere quella stagione della letteratura francese (e non solo) che va sotto il nome di simbolismo. In Italia è conosciuto soprattutto per Le vite immaginarie, di cui sono disponibili numerose edizioni; altri volumi, editi per lo più da piccole case editrici, consentono di farsi un’idea più completa della produzione letteraria di questo eclettico autore, che nella s
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Stephanie
Dec 14, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun
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 translat
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Palimp
Aug 21, 2016 Palimp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha sorprendido este autor, desconocido para mí. Aunque algunos de sus cuentos han envejecido bastante mal tiene otros que son realmente buenos.
Hypocrite Lecteur
Sep 17, 2015 Hypocrite Lecteur rated it liked it
"on 22 September, in the evening"
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Marcel Schwob (1867-1905) was one of the key symbolist writers, standing in French literature alongside such names as Stephane Mallarme, Octave Mirbeau, Andre Gide, Leon Bloy, Jules Renard, Remy de Gourmont, and Alfred Jarry. His best-known works are Double Heart (1891), The King In The Gold Mask (1892), and Imaginary Lives (1896).
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