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The Other Side (Dedalus European Classics)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  364 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Alfred Kubin (1877-1959) was one of the major graphic artists of the 20th century who was widely known for his illustrations of writers of the fantastic such as Balzac, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Gustav Meyrink and Edgar Allan Poe. In his combination of the darkly decadent, the fantastic and the grotesque, in his evocations of dream and nightmare, his creation of an atmosphere of my ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 27th 2000 by Dedalus (first published 1909)
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Mariel
May 30, 2012 Mariel rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Nate D
Oct 15, 2012 Nate D rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the entire 20th century settling into swamp
Recommended to Nate D by: phantasmagoric basement horses
Paired with the piercing brilliance of 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 entirely to the horrors of entropy. There's a lot of uncertainty about what is going o ...more
Olivia
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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Bogdan
идеальный роман ужасов, сочетающий в себе все необходимые компоненты того, чтобы ценитель готических удовольствий, смешанных с инфернальщиной и некоторой «а-моральностью» в смысле «преступной греховностью» получил наслаждение от дрожи, пронизывающей во время чтения вне зависимости от того, в какое время суток это чтение происходит (не вызывает особенного удивления, что чтение особо красочных описаний влияет на впечатлительные натуры во время ночных бдений, но при свете дня – на это требуется под ...more
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
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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Felix
Jul 10, 2009 Felix rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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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Don Frolimo
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
Fruchtfleisch
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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Michael
Ein schönes 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 "Die
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Marina
Ho comprato questo libro perché mi piacciono gli incubi di Kubin. Mi piacciono gli incubi che Kubin disegnava, intendo. Evidentemente, gli incubi che scriveva mi piacciono meno. I disegni di Kubin sono visionari, sono incubi, sono malati, sono atroci, sono cupi, tetri, allucina(n)ti, sono bellissimi. Questo romanzo è delirante (come i suoi disegni), ma senza grazia, senza arte. È troppo, tutto concentrato assieme. Ho retto bene e anche apprezzato la prima metà, dopo mi è diventato insostenibile. ...more
L.
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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Joke Hendriks
Vreemd boek.Het begon leuk en intrigerend :Een reis naar een droomland.Halverwege werd het mij wat te bizar.Geen aanrader.Wel verbazend dat het boek al meer dan 100 jaar oud is.
Justin Howe
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
Konsumschnecke
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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Orcun
Yirminci yüzyılın başlarında yayımlanan bu roman, genelde korku/fantastik türlerine dahil edilse de, kanımca bu türlerin klişelerini barındırmıyor. Aynı zamanda bir çizer olan Alfred Kubin, ürkütücü çizimlerindeki dışavurumcu üslubu yazıya da taşımayı başarmış ve sonuçta absürd, distopik, apokaliptik, kâbus yoğunluğunda bir roman ortaya çıkmış. Kafkaesk kâbuslarla haşır neşir olan okurların, Kafka´nın da hayranlığını kazanmış bu başyapıtı atlamaması gerekir diye düşünüyorum.
Nina Selezneva
Interesting, as his art is, too, which you would like if you love Giger. Quite absorbing book, especially if you read the ending part much time after the last meal. A bit predictable which speaks more of the importance and impact it had in its time than about the plot. I think I would rather recommend to read it, but only if you are interested in human nature and its irrationality. Otherwise it might end up being a torture, I suppose.
Quappe
Ein-Satz-Review

Perle, das erste Disneyland: die postmoderne Nachbildung alter europäischer Städte im Hochgebirge Asiens, wird bevölkert vom Traum, von der Orgie, vom Abschaum und verfolgt damit die Idee einer Gegenwelt des Unbewussten bis ins letzte Detail, also bis in die Malerei (’Psychographik’) oder die absurde Wirtschaft, die flüssig läuft, obwohl — oder gerade weil — sie vom Betrug und nicht vom Gesetz bestimmt wird.
Michaela
apokalyptisches gemetzel, böse amerikaner-darstellung, gute idee (auch wenn böse zungen meinen, er hätte einen ghostwriter gehabt). nimmt angeblich den 1. weltkrieg vorweg.
kubin hat es in einer schaffenskrise in sehr kurzer zeit niedergeschrieben, um die geister, die ihn verfolgten, loszuwerden.
ein klassiker, sehr lesenswert.
Joerg
Zu diesem Meilenstein der phantastischen Literatur, mit der Kubin zum Wegbereiter der deutschsprachigen Surrealisten wurde, passt am besten dieses Zitat von Kraus über Freud:
"Ihm gebührt der Verdienst, in die Anarchie des Traums eine Verfassung eingeführt zu haben. Aber es geht darin zu, wie in Österreich."
Ashley
I looooove Alfred Kubin. A dark, weird German whose forte was not writing but drawing dark, weird pictures. "The Other Side" is chaotic and difficult to wrangle at times but worth it if you appreciate his art.
Juliana
reminds me of calvino and kafka. beautiful, though i had trouble finishing this one - probably due to somewhat antiquated deutsch.
Left Sr
Beautiful and enigmatic, though it promises more than it delivers. Very enjoyable.
Alex
one of kafka's inspirations. interesting at times, but more often slow and aimless.
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Rachel Slatten
I think I have looked for this book for my entire life.
Slap Happy
Good read. Much fun. Would do it again. 4/5
Alberto Martinez-marquez
Extraordinaria novela del precursor de Kafka.
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