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The Other Side tells of a dream kingdom which becomes a nightmare, of a journey to Pearl, a mysterious city created deep in Asia, which is also a journey to the depths of the subconscious. Or as Kubin himself called it, 'a sort of Baedeker for those lands which are half known to us'.

Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) was one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century who was w
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 27th 2000 by Dedalus (first published 1909)
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Mariel
May 14, 2012 Mariel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: brown grass both sides
Recommended to Mariel by: spinning in the shadows of immoral magnets
I don't know if I really liked this or not. It pretty much bored me to the backs of my eyeballs and then showed me what those dangly nerves looked like in my pasty white hand. I started reading The Other Side weeks ago. Forcing myself to finish reading it today pretty much made me want to cry in a violent revolt. Mariel people rise up against their oppressors! We mental people come from all corners of this wide mental land in peace. Please, it shouldn't be this hard. That's what the spokesperson ...more
Ctgt
Mar 02, 2015 Ctgt rated it really liked it
Shelves: weird
Surrealistic nightmare?

Satire on capitalism?

Study of the subconscious mind?

Damned if I know.


A man receives a "summons"

"Claus Patera, Absolute Lord of the Dream Kingdom, charges me as his agent to present you with an invitation to come and live in his country

Patera, a former classmate came into a vast sum of money while in Asia and has created a walled city/kingdom over which he exerts full control. He has even gone so far as to move buildings from throughout the world into his new kingdom,

They
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Nate D
Jul 13, 2011 Nate D rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: the entire 20th century settling into swamp
Recommended to Nate D by: phantasmagoric basement horses
Paired with the piercing brilliance of another novel of the forces of dreams that I happened to read nearly at the same time, The Lathe of Heaven, this is all murk and decay and irrational forces, the dream-unleashed id of a century that would, just a few years later, reveal first the bloodiest war in world history, then another even more cataclysmic, almost immediately after. Not that Lathe doesn't have its sense of entropy too, but an impressively sustained portion of this one seems given over ...more
Eadweard
My 950th rating here

(Apparently Kafka read it and enjoyed it.)

Alfred Kubin's atmospheric book is precisely what I expected it to be just from looking at his works. It's his art morphed into words, it emanates the same atmosphere, the same grotesqueness. Don't expect much out of it, just read it for what it is and enjoy his descriptions of the bizarre Dream Realm.

If only more artists would use writing to express themselves, to convey their art through words, what I would give to read something wr
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Nancy Oakes
I have to think think think about this one before I can post about it. Seriously one of the most disturbing books I've read, but one I couldn't even consider putting down, not for a minute. Sheesh!

more soon.
Nora
Nov 28, 2013 Nora rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, horror, dystopia
AWESOME!!!!! One of my new favorites !
Bryn Hammond
Jun 09, 2016 Bryn Hammond rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagined-fiction
Just east of Samarkand... features a clan descended from Genghis Khan... Orientalist science fiction, with a Zoroastrian bent (?). What won me was the second half which is a vivid rendition of chaos come, end-of-times. In the first half I thought it a political fable but I lost that sense. Wild and compelling, mostly in the second half (and in this translation). An artist's only novel: that figures. It has his black-and-whites throughout.
Marjan
This must be the most weird and puzzling book I have ever read. Forget Kafka, go for Kubin, for it has much richer inner world and somewhat mystic experience of which there is hardly anything to say beyond true amazement.

On the surface this is a story about a person who gets an invitation from his old school friend Patera to join him in his newly founded Dream Country. Patera build Dream Country after he inherited an immense wealth in a series of fortunate events. The narrator decides to move th
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Olivia
Nov 20, 2011 Olivia rated it really liked it
Nothing short of amazing. I have wanted this book for so long but because it is out of print had difficult tracking it down. I was fortunate enough to be given a beautiful copy on Saturday evening. I adore Kubin as an artist and no less as a writer. Because it has been translated from German it is difficult to tell the actual quality of writing style but the story alone is enough to fall in love with it.

It's a hugely underrated novel. My edition from 1969 is the first edition to have his comple
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Moslem Ahmadvand
Sep 29, 2016 Moslem Ahmadvand rated it it was ok
Boring! A hodge-podge of realistic and surrealistic images and narratives!
SurferRosa
Feb 27, 2015 SurferRosa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europea
Non sono riuscito ad apprezzare del tutto questo romanzo fantastico di Alfred Kubin, certamente più noto come disegnatore che come scrittore. E questo è sempre un piccolo dispiacere, quando non scocca la scintilla per un po' mi domando i motivi del mancato incontro tra me e il libro.
"L'altra parte" narra le vicende di un disegnatore sulla trentina che viene invitato da un ex compagno di scuola, un tal Patera, nel Regno del Sogno. Apprendiamo che Patera è diventato ricchissimo dopo avere ereditat
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Andy
Dec 28, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it
In a decadent, surreal mood, I dove into this. It is certainly both of those things, but it isn't like the mind-twisting imagery of Bruno Schulz or Michael Cisco for example. The narrator is a perfectly rational man describing what he's experiencing, and more or less sharing our reaction.

For most of this book what we see is a very strange world, but one that could be constructed without any sort of supernatural aid. It's a world where the sky is perpetually overcast, the people dress strangely a
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Felix
Jun 22, 2009 Felix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Felix by: Molosovsky
German book - German review:

Eine wunderbare Phantasmagorie, die einen in ihren Bann zu ziehen vermag, auch wenn man sich an den elliptischen, Traumlogik simulierenden Erzählstil erst gewöhnen muss. Erzählt wird die Geschichte der Traumstadt Perle, die im titanischen Kampf zwischen ihrem Schöpfer Patera und dem Amerikaner Herkules Bell in apokalyptischer Manier untergeht. Alfred Kubin schrieb diesen Roman in einem kurzen Zeitraum von wenigen Wochen nieder, um eine Schaffenskrise zu bewältigen. Da
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Joel Ayala Alicea
Genial ejemplo de la fantasía surrealista. Según tengo entendido esta es la única novela escrita por Kubin, quien en realidad era pintor y dibujante como el protagonista de esta historia. Se dice que escribió esta maravilla del mundo onírico en tres días febriles en los que no fue capaz de plasmar nada en el lienzo. “Bloqueo del pintor” o en todo caso del dibujante. Lo cierto es que, aunque Kubin era muy buen ilustrador gráfico (la edición que leí traía ilustraciones del propio autor) no me cab ...more
Wreade1872
Boy did that go downhill..... slowly.
An artist and his wife are invited to live in the secret Dreamland put together by a, lets call him an eccentric millionaire.
Whatever your idea of a Dreamland i can guarantee this won't be it :) . Its some pretty good weird fiction until the book starts announcing that the end is nigh... which was at the half-way point.
It just kept going and going. It also got more surreal and i prefer weird to surreal, its a fine line between the two.
The second half is mo
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Danielroffle
A moderatley amusing story of a dream society (in a Lewis Carrol nonsense vein) soon degenerates into a whole lot of gore and misery in the decadentist mold. A blurb on the front describing the novel as a satire of capitalism rings particuarly hollow - Kubin seems interested, above all, in painting gruesome pictures of man's depravity, and not very intent on political allegory. Which is fine if you're into that sort of thing, but it does drag a bit, and at a certain point the glee the author tak ...more
Wan Nor
Aug 25, 2016 Wan Nor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weird-fiction
Imagine you are on a train and you are going to a distant place that you have been to before. Now imagine yourself sleeping and dreaming as the train enters a cold and desolate landscape. Imagine yourself walking among the dead where the people seem more alive that the people you know in your real life. Imagine yourself now walking in the past among ruined building and ancient relics. Imagine yourself in another world where people commit orgies in the streets and snakes curl under your bead-shee ...more
Timothy Jarvis
Jul 25, 2015 Timothy Jarvis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dream idyll becomes a nightmare in this darkly demented novel, whose utterly bizarre narrative pre-empts many of the stranger tropes of twentieth-century decadent fiction.
Meliae Sybella
Very much an embodiment of his artwork. His autobiography at the end is also very interesting.
Bryce Bullins
A bizarre and messy book. Entertaining at times but ultimately a strange curiosity at best.
Jan
Nov 25, 2013 Jan rated it really liked it
Kubina jsem znal od dětství jako skvělého ilustrátora - jeho temnosvitné pérovky plné podvědomých motivů, bizarních námětů, fantastických tvorů, mystiky a poloukryté sexuality mne vždy silně vzrušovaly. V jeho prudkých, nestrojených linkách je cítit nespoutaná energie, její utajování pod nánosem nesmlouvavých šrafur, náboj vlastně snový, prozrazuje však kořen expresivní kresby v romantismu. Jeden z prvních modernistů zůstává věrný romantickému okouzlení. O jeho literátním díle jsem měl určité po ...more
Jennifer Knight
Ovaj roman je sablasna groteska o svetu koja je, nažalost, tek imala da usledi nakon objavljivanja dela "Die andere Seite" Alfreda Kubina 1909. godine; roman sadrži apokaliptičke vizije onih pošasti kojima će svekoliko ljudstvo pokleknuti tokom čitavog XX veka. Fascinantna je pronicljivost i umetnička posvećenost slikara i pisca u opisivanju i arhitekturi kako ljudske psihologije, tako i izmeštenog, izmaštanog nepostojećeg grada s druge strane svesti i svega zamislivog na ovoj planeti. Zemlja sn ...more
Fruchtfleisch
Jul 24, 2011 Fruchtfleisch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der Klassiker der phantastischen Literatur entführt nach Perla, einer Traumstadt, in die zahlreiche Intellektuelle, Künstler, Gauner ... in die Menschen jeder Gesellschaftsschicht auf eine Einladung hin dem tristen Alltag entfliehen können. So auch der Ich-Erzähler dieser Geschichte Kubíns.
Das traumhaft Schwerelose des Lebens in Perla erschwert sich jedoch rasch immer mehr durch unheimliche Vorgänge, die den Bewohnern der Stadt das Leben schwer und leidig machen.
Der Roman kehrt sich mehr und meh
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Nilo Di Stefano
È uno di quei libri che sembra tagliato con l'accetta precisamente a metà o quasi una prima parte interessante, scorrevole , scritta davvero bene. Una seconda parte decisamente troppo onirica , kafkiana, ma Kafka nacque dopo in tutti i sensi. Non ho ben capito se questa netta divisione abbia o meno un senso logico o sia solo frutto della fantasia malata di Kubin. Sembra che abbia ripercorso tracce della Divina Commedia , partendo dal Paradiso ( entrata nel regno del sogno) , passando per il Purg ...more
Michael
Nov 25, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein schönes Werk der deutschen Phantastik vom Anfang des 20. Jahrhunderts. In Stilistik und Ideenreichtum durchaus mit den Werken von Gustav Meyrink zu vergleichen (ein Zeitgenosse Kubins). Zwar verheißt der Klappentext, dass in Kubins Geschichte eine Satire auf den Kapitalismus steckt, allerdings hat sich mir diese nicht wirklich erschlossen. Am ehesten wäre es wohl eine Imperialismuskritik.
Insgesamt ist es sehr zu empfehlen - große Bilder und eine dichte Atmosphäre stecken in diesem Buch! Wem
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Eric
Jul 05, 2016 Eric rated it really liked it
European aristocrats and artists are disappearing from their towns. Entire structures are being moved, mysteriously, to a distant land. One day, the narrator of this tale is offered an invitation by a friend he'd forgotten he once had, to join him in a utopian dream world that's been his life project to create.

The premise of Kubin's story is a mix of European folklore and Orientalist fairytale, reconsidered through the destructive imagination only a Decadent could conjure. The story builds slow
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Jan Pocestnej
Nov 05, 2015 Jan Pocestnej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Knize jsem se zatím vyhýbal v hloupém domnění, že to bude něco krotkého jako Gulliverovi cesty. Velký omyl. Čtenář se stane svědkem života, chátrání a zkázy země snivců, Surrealistické a psychedelické obrazy začínají nenápadně a vrcholí v závěru knihy. Příznivci Junga i Freuda si přijdou na své, Kdo chce, ať si klidně čte tuto knihu jako kritiku toho, či onoho, ale udělá lépe, když to nebude dělat. Mimochodem, jak postupuje chátrání města, začínají město ovládat divoká a zdivočelá zvířata. To j ...more
L.
Feb 08, 2014 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jest to Arcydzieło.
W lutym wybrałam się na spektakl "Miasto snu", do którego stworzenia inspiracją była książka Kubina. Z teatru wyszłam zachwycona, a po przeczytaniu "Po tamtej stronie" przedstawienie nabrało nowego, wspaniałego sensu (muszę koniecznie zobaczyć je ponownie). Dawno nie byłam tak zachwycona grą słów, plastycznością opisów, bogactwem metafor; nie nadążałam zaznaczać co pyszniejszych kąsków.

Z pewnością polecam fanom pisarstwa Kafki. Oraz tym, którzy namiętnie sprawdzają, jak dalek
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Justin Howe
Aug 28, 2014 Justin Howe rated it it was amazing
A Gothic fantasy novel from 1908 by noted expressionist illustrator Alfred Kubin that dissolves into decadent surrealism at its end, it’s a book you’re either going to love or hate. I loved it, but I enjoy long slow train rides to oblivion. It’s easy to see that this book influenced both Kafka and Peake, as well as provided a satire of all reactionary, idealistic utopias where one wealthy genius (or man of ego), heaves off to some isolated spot with his followers and impresses his will completel ...more
Devi
Sep 21, 2012 Devi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ein phantastischer Roman ... so phantastisch, dass ich nicht wirklich die Metaebene verstand ... es ist beschrieben, dass es eine Kapitalismussatire ist. Mmmmh, ich kann erahnen, warum, aber ....
In diesem Buch wird über das Traumreich von Carl Patera geschrieben... sehr perfide Methoden nutzt, um die Menschen im Reich festzuhalten. Es ist ein sehr düsteres Werk. Hat "schöne Bilder" drin, die ich mir gut in einer Verfilmung vorstellen könnte. Ich weiß allerdings nicht, ob ich das Buch deswegen wi
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