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The Brockhaus encyclopedia of 1896 referred to the decadent literary movement as "a symptom of today's nervous, senile, fragmented society which is impervious to anything healthy and natural" -- and which is primarily French. But beneath the brash and pompous exterior of the German Empire, decadent literature thrived, fueled by the music of Wagner, the paradoxes of Nietzsc...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by Dedalus (first published November 1st 1994)
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Dfordoom
It’s hardly necessary to say that The Dedalus Book of German Decadence: Voices from the Abyss is fabulous. All the Dedalus anthologies are fabulous. And as always, lot of authors I’d never heard of, and now I’m going to be desperately searching or more of their work. Although I do have an awful sinking feeling that finding English translations is going to be somewhat difficult. I’ve already looked for an English translation of Alraune by Hanns Heinz Ewers (extracts from which appear in the antho...more
Marilyn Moreau
Heady stuff. You have to let yourself fall into it to get through it, or you'll be too distracted wondering how Harold's Purple Crayon managed to write so much damn prose.
Peter Houlihan
This for me sums up the feeling of isolation and alienation of the mind in a ever changing society based on image rather than character how the mind is effected by ever changing imagery enjoyable in its portrayal of disturbance of the mind the differant authors l treated as an intoduction to the genre in general
Astralgravy
the gorgeous language of the symbolist writers is just incredible. i could smother myself in it and die under pages and pages of the most lush descriptions i've ever cast eyes on and be the happiest person alive.
notably, androgyne and the autopsy, as well as excerpts of alraune- but that is best on its own, in an unabridged form.
Maddy
Oct 14, 2010 Maddy rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Outside of Trakl, Sacher-Masoch & Mann rather dry.
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