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I racconti dell'oltretomba

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Paperback, Tascabili Economici, 97 pages
Published 1993 by Newton Compton
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Carmine
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Viavai di fantasmi

Va detto che la canzone "Vita spericolata" ben si confà al vivace ed eclettico Bierce, autore di riferimento del genere horror nella seconda metà del 1800; poi penna reinventatasi nel giornalismo di denuncia nonché in una pungente satira politica incapace di fare sconti.
Assodato che la critica gli attribuisca i maggiori meriti nei racconti di denuncia - soprattutto sulla guerra - , l'autore, qui, si diverte a dribblare alcuni cliché delle storie sovrannaturali e sovverte alcu
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Germano Dalcielo
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ennesima volta in cui mi capita di cadere nella trappola delle sinossi osannanti o delle prefazioni che urlano al fenomeno. Non salvo nemmeno uno di questi racconti. Forse questa raccolta ha avuto la “sfortuna” di non beccare nessun racconto veramente avvincente o adrenalinico dell’ampia produzione di Pierce, ma sicuramente dissuade ME dal cercare altre opere dello stesso autore. Croce nera su Ambrose Pierce, uno dei più grandi scrittori di racconti dell’orrore e di fantasmi (ma quando mai?).
Sbulf
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vorrei, per una volta, fare lo sforzo di contestualizzare. I racconti di Ambrose Bierce sono stati per me una scoperta. Sono storie di fantasmi narrate per un pubblico ottocentesco. All’epoca c’era molta più religiosità di adesso e, più in generale, si era molto più creduloni. Ma c’era anche più capacità di immaginazione di quanto ce ne sia nei cervellini contemporanei, abituati a subire le immagini ipnotiche di cinema e televisione. Questo per dire che le storie di fantasmi erano, nell’ottocent ...more
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Shelves: vampiri-co, finished
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Ambrose Gwinnett Bierce (1842-1914) was an American editorialist, journalist, short story writer, fabulist and satirist. Today, he is best known for his short story, An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and his satirical lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary.

The sardonic view of human nature that informed his work – along with his vehemence as a critic, with his motto "nothing matters" – earned him the ni
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