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The Magician's Garden and Other Stories

4.24 of 5 stars 4.24  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Hardcover, 205 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by Columbia University Press (first published 1980)
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Oct 19, 2014 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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...
Pedro Varanda
Excelente livro de contos curtos, com temáticas estranhíssimas e finais loucos. O conto "Matricidio" vai-me tirar o sono.
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
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.
Too weird to finish right now. Shelving it and coming back to this book later in the year.
world-class short fiction set in buda and pest in the turn of the last century.
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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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