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Markheim

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  402 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Classic short story about a deal with the Devil. According to Wikipedia: "Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson ( 1850 - 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was the man who "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins", as G. K. Chesterton p ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published 1885)
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Tonk82
Markheim es un pequeño relato, que cuesta un poco clasificar. El ambiente, la visión del personaje principal o la presencia de un toque sobrenatural parecen indicar que es una historia fantástica de terror, pero lo que se presenta es un drama psicológico de primera magnitud.

El relato en sí es muy corto, poco más de 20 paginas en la estupenda edición de Anaya "Tus Libros: El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde" (en conjunto con la novela del título y Olalla), y me ha recordado poderosamente a
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David Sarkies
Feb 15, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like a bit of horror
Recommended to David by: Cult Book Group
Shelves: horror
As with the others of Stevenson's short stories, the writing tends to be incredibly dense so as to squeeze a lot into a much shorter space. However this particular story takes about a couple of hours and involves mostly a dialogue between the protagonist (if you wish to call him that) and an unnamed supernatural being whom we are lead to believe is the devil, but we are never specifically told this.
The story takes place in a shop which the protagonist is in a store looking at purchasing some g
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Nick
This story was really good. It was about a theif who goes through an experiance that changes him and makes him takre responsability for his actions. I hope that doesn't givre anything away. This is probably my favrite story out of the ones a read of Stevensons.
Michael
Markheim is a short story by Robert Louis Stevenson the story was later published in Stevenson’s collection The Merry Men and Other Tales and Fables. One of my all time favourite Short Stories from the master, Robert Louis Stevenson.
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra - A Short History of Gothic:
A thief's eerie encounter with a stranger in a shop forces him to reassess his life. Hugh Bonneville reads RL Stevenson's tale.
Onysha
This was inspired by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, apparently. It seems that it was a Romantic tradition to write stories based on previous works like this. I guess those stories are a mixed bag. In this case, the Dostoevsky is better.

Like Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment, Markheim murders a pawnbroker. While Raskolnikov does it to put popular philosophies of the day into action, Markheim does it solely for money. Both of them hallucinate and go a little insane after the crime (though Ra
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D.M.
Though Markheim is plainly a more philosophic treatise, it also engages on a purely visceral level as an excellent suspense story.
Markheim is a man who, in the first few minutes of the story, murders a shopkeeper. The act is sudden and not telegraphed to us, nor are we led to suspect the man capable of this brutality. The rest of the story is his rumination over what he has done, further embodied in a conversation with a mysterious figure who appears to him while he's searching for the shopkeepe
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MacKenzie
I was so confused during this book that I pretty much skimmed the second half. Believe it or not, half the book is a man just standing there describing the scenery and wrestling with his conscience after just killing a man. So much more boring than it seems.
Hans
This story is incredibly similar to Crime and Punishment's central scene. The only difference being that in this one the main character has a dialogue with the devil that is quite interesting.
Madeline Silvas
I actually really enjoyed this one better than most of his other short stories. I think it's because the character didn't despair or go crazy in the end. In a way it ended on a happy note because he took responsibility for his actions and was honest with himself. Right before I read this I had read "The Suicide Club", "Thrawn Janet", and "The Body Snatcher" which were sort of depressing to dwell on. So once I started on this I thought "Here we go again, Stevenson." Thankfully it ended well; at l ...more
Eric
Excellent story about a thief who tries to confession to his wrong doings and murder. How he tries hard to make the shopkeeper understand his actions and why he did it. From the shopkeeper he gains a more moral understanding of actions similar to his and how repentance helps clear the soul.
Kathy
Stevenson is simply too verbose for me - even in short story form. The story's action happens in about 4 paragraphs. The rest is weedy exposition. The main idea is fantastic but could have been masterfully written.
Richard F. Schiller
A scintillating story of a smiling murderer that is highly reminiscent of "William Wilson". I'm starting to wonder just how much influence Edgar Allan Poe had on Stevenson.
Carlos
R. L. Stevenson, sempre brilhante. Somente ele para descrever com tanta elegância o diálogo entre um assassino e o demônio.
Ruthanne Davis
A wonderful short story with a surprising end. I found my copy included with my audiobook of JEKYLL AND HYDE.
Boris
not as good as 'the tell-tale heart' by Poe, but still a very good portrayal of the mental breakdown of a murderer
Nadosia Grey
There is not much plot in this book and that's ok with me. This, in my opinion currently, is the best short story by Stevenson. There is a solid plot and character development that is hard not to love. I felt as though this was the most serious story that he has ever produced-even more so than Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. While short, it communicates effectively the humanistic envision of morality and the non-existent devil that we all contain in us.
Jose Vera
Una corta histora de Stevenson.

El personaje del título se ve impelido a cometer un crimen; cuando logra su cometido, demostrando no solo su habilidad si no el estar por encima de los demás hombres, tiene un encuentro que va a cambiar su manera de pensar y replantear su conducta.

Una historia interesante, corta, divertida en parte. Entretiene y permite ahondar más en Stevenson como un escritor multifacético
Suvi
I'm a little worried. If Stevenson was inspired to write this after reading Crime and Punishment, I'm not looking forward to reading it anytime soon. I don't know if it was because of my lack of concentration, the fact that I read it in English or what, but most of this just went over my head. I like excessive descriptions (within reason), but here the story just seemed longer than it actually was.
Antreas Aristeidis
A classic short novella that its major theme is similar to Stevenson's famous book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. To wit, the struggle between good and evil
Abby
This is a very short story, but very, very good. It explores the great evil of humanity, but also man's great capacity for good. There are many subtle lessons in this story, about the nature of man and the spiritual battle for humans' souls. In the end, Markheim proves himself to be a great hero. This story surprised me with all of its intricacies and quotable comments.
Well done, Stevenson!
Mandeep
Well I guess I just read about A killer who grows a conscious once he comes face to face with the fact he has been doing things, he thought he could never do. But doesn't realise it til the very last moment in his life when he has committed the most deadliest since, Murder
Alex
This is clearly meant to be Victorian porn
Shereese Maynard
I wrote a little blurb about this story on my blog this morning. Its a wonderfully written Christmas Tale, albeit not the type of tale you might think. Its a short, lovely read. i hope you check it out. http://www.shereesemaynard.com/
Steven
A meditation on the nature of good and evil.
Solor
Stevenson tribute to Crime and Punishment: murder of a pawnbroker, remorse and final surrender to authority. Far too short a story to fully render the enormity of personal conscience struggle.
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CJ Louis
It was short, and the start was superflous information that was a run on, however the end was a good.
Damarys
quizas la segunda vez que lo lea me guste mas... pero no es un mal relato
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is o
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