But unlike the classic Mephistopheles, the seductive demon who approaches Swanwick's Johannes Faust is not the devil as we know him, but rather a representative of a mysterious race that seeks nothing less than the extermin...more
"'Do what thou wilt' shall be the whole of the law!" --Aleister Crowley
Both of the quoted lines could well serve as epigraphs for this novel (though the author actually used three other quotes), and both summarize the major thrust of its message. Swanwick uses the Faust legend here as a literary conceit for a very dark and pessimistic meditation on the social, moral and spiritual results of modernity. The Goodreads description is ...more
Alguém oferece-lhe uma visão inesquecível sobre o universo ...more
Faust said with sudden apprehension, "Yes. Yes, what do you want of me in return?"
"Only that you listen."
A demonic bargain, to be sure—in a sense, the same one I ask of you here. But Faust and Mephistopheles go further, of course, in this updated version of the old tale; what the demon asks Faust to listen to is nothing less than the whole of physical science, given centuries before its more natural advent in our universe. The demon makes it clear that its gifts are made from malice, but Fa ...more
Jack Faust is a rewrite of Goethe's classic tale of a scholar who sells his soul to the devil in order to posess all the knowledge in the world, and beyond.
During and after the industrial killing frenzy of the Twentieth Century it became difficult to portray evil as 'outside': Thomas M ...more
Sometime later in the day: I'm still having difficulty getting pulled into this one. Maybe it's the writing style. I'm only on page 34 though, so will see if anything improves.
(2-21-11) I'm now on page 112 and it's improved a lit ...more
Compelling, insightful, artful in pulling you ever on through each development, and breathtaking in its scope - that of describing an alternative timeline where 300-400 years worth of scientific advances were introduced artificially early through Faust and Mephistopheles.
As a result, with the aid of Wikipedia, I have learned something more about the origins of this plot meme.
Many characters are well drawn and Swanwick's wordcraft is definitely worth the read - even of character ...more
The titular character is, as always, a man who deals with the devil in return for knowledge. In this case, the devil in question is a being not out of Christian teachings but of alien nature; his interest in humanity is never truly explained except that a being of perfect knowledge and eternal life is bound to get bored without pets to play with. Using his connection to the secrets of the universe, Faust changes the path of modern human history and, ...more
A relação dele com Gretchen é algo interessante mas no final o livro perde-se em devaneios e fica sem grande interesse.MEDIANO