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The Magician's Garden and Other Stories

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Hardcover, 205 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by Columbia University Press (first published 1980)
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Mariel
Oct 19, 2014 Mariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crazy, without a sound
Recommended to Mariel by: black silence laughing
Shelves: my-love-life
You sigh, you disengage yourself from the magic. Why? Because if you don't, the joy imparted by it slowly fades; you tire of gazing, of feeling the music die; and that's even more distressing. from 'A Joseph in Egypt'

I'm not sorry. In 'Souvenir' he confesses to an envy to write with true delight, enthusiasm and dedication. An admittance is strangled on a wish that is wrong. He envies Joseph his dream. The dream stays with him after, waving in his windows. A hand in promises of words of love unh
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Ian Not His Real Name
Rotten Kisses and Opium

As the substance and prestige of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were dissipating in the “deepening dark” and “black silence”, so too was the authority of the bourgeois family.

Most of the parents in the families in these stories have either died or are living a subsistence life, whether as a result of death on the battlefield, farming accidents, poisoning or suicide. Rarely is there the comfort of a father or mother to say, “Hold onto my hand, little boy!”

These stories are dar
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Ian
Oct 16, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it
Géza Csáth (the pen name of József Brenner) was a Hungarian writer, musician, music critic and physician working with the mentally ill who lived from 1887 to 1919. Csáth’s tragic personal history has often been recounted. While in his teens, and showing great promise as a writer and musician (to the point that his father wanted him to become a professional violinist), he chose instead to pursue a career in medicine and graduated with his degree in 1909. His main interest was in the effect of nar ...more
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Mar 17, 2009 flipside_hush? rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-thumbed
saw it in a 2nd-hand bookstore... it was love at first sight... yup, the illustrations was the clincher... and the words just kept me coming back for more...
Núria
Estaba escrito que, con un título como ‘Cuentos que acaban mal’, servidora tenía que acabar leyendo este libro tarde o temprano. Ciertamente el libro da lo que este título promete; se trata de cuentos breves y oscuros, sobre temas como el mal, la muerte, la crueldad, el sufrimiento. A veces me da la sensación que este húngaro es una especie de mezcla entre Edgar Allan Poe y Franz Kafka. Sus cuentos siempre son angustiantes y en ocasiones terroríficos. Y se nota que Géza Csáth sabe de lo que habl ...more
Erica Harmon
Jeez. Murder, suicide and opium were the major plot points of Csath's life. His stories blended fairy tale, dreamscapes, and horror, which makes a certain sense. I was curious to learn in the intro that these stories comprise most of his short life's literary work. As a collection, they weren't particularly cohesive, but the unexpected switch of tone wasn't entirely unwelcome. I sort of enjoyed feeling like they were written during short, frantic, lucid moments in between trying to pass as a com ...more
Ivana
Very dark. Very depressive. Very truthful. Raw writing.

If you're prone to depression, don't read Geza Csath, because it will only get worse.

Don't read before sleep, either.
Petabyte
Oct 24, 2007 Petabyte rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Too weird to finish right now. Shelving it and coming back to this book later in the year.
John
Sep 14, 2012 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
world-class short fiction set in buda and pest in the turn of the last century.
João Moura
O matricídio é uma compilação de contos curtos, mórbidos, não recomendados para leitura antes de deitar. Aparentemente o próprio autor seguiu os passos das personagens dos contos e caiu na loucura, matando a mulher e a si em seguida. Alguns contos são excelentes, memoráveis, outros sem sabor e facilmente esquecidos. No geral uma boa leitura, pena não ser mais equilibrada, com mais contos memoráveis.
Pedro Varanda
Excelente livro de contos curtos, com temáticas estranhíssimas e finais loucos. O conto "Matricidio" vai-me tirar o sono.
K.
Jun 29, 2010 K. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Géza Csáth (real name József Brenner) (February 13, 1887 – September 11, 1919), was a Hungarian writer, playwright, musician, music critic and psychiatrist.
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“waking up mornings brings lingering suffering” 3 likes
“Suddenly I was struck by the heavy fragrance of flowers. On the other side there was a garden about the size of a small room, a plot of ground raised by fill to the height of our belts. And full of flowers. A special, luxuriant flora. Long stemmed, with horn-shaped flowers whose petals were like black velvet. In one corner, a bush like a lily, arrayed with giant white blossoms like goblets. And scattered through that garden, thin-stemmed plants with white flowers marked by a single pink petal. It seemed that these gave off an exotic sweetness that cloyed and choked. In the midst of it all a bunch of fat crimson flowers lay tumbled, their silky, fleshy blossoms dipping down among the long stems of furious green grasses. This small, magical plot seemed a kaleidoscope. Just in front of my eyes purple irises bloomed up. A myriad fragrances mingled in its dazzling scent, and every hue of the rainbow glowed from those flowers.” 0 likes
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