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Goya oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,126 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
An historical fiction about the life of Francisco Goya
Taschenbuch, 661 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by Aufbau Tb (first published 1951)
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Andrei Tamaş
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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E trist cum cărţile de duzia au prins o popularitate crescândă în secolul XX (atingând apogeul în secolul XXI), umbrind literatura de calitate. Eu am o teorie cu privire la asta şi îl situez pe Lion Feuchtwanger chiar deasupra lui Hemingway (deşi sunt reverenţios cu privire la opera americanului): sunt cărţi "pentru mase", care spun o poveste fără nicio noimă, care relatează o întâmplare cu gloanţe, cu monştri ori una de dragoste, banală, intriga celor din urmă stand în "vai! ce mult am suferit! ...more
This book is so much to me, I love it, I loved reading it, I love thinking about it still and I have to read it again really soon! (On the other hand I want to spare it, because I know how good it is and wait till I read it again... this was my fist Feuchtwanger and maybe I'll just wait till I've read everything else by him...)

Anyway. I only came by Goya (the artist), because the lead singer of my favorite band when I was a teenager (and a bit still) mentioned how much he adored Goya's paintings
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book feeling filled up but wanting more. I kept it with me from the day and time I started it until I finished. I feel the author alive with me now. I feel Goya alive with me now. I felt Goya's paintings come to life. They are still alive and with me. I lived and breathed the Spanish Inquisition and the French Revolution - The truth about the suppression of art, ideas, thoughts and beliefs of all kinds.


I will be reading Lion
Nov 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
no better book on Goya's Spain has ever been written
Tim Weed
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is an utterly enjoyable book, certainly one the best historical novels ever written about Spain or about the lives of famous painters. Feuchtwanger transports the reader to late 18th century Madrid and into the inner workings of the Spanish court. He does an excellent job with the very ambitious task of recreating the deeply conflicted inner world of a great artist, and he captures the spirit and character of Goya in a way that is both plausible and compelling. Especially well done is Goya’ ...more
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Feuchtwanger, he is one of my all-time favourite authors. This book is really quite brilliant but then again, I am yet to find a Feuchtwanger book I don't like.

In this one, he narrates the life of the Spanish painter Goya, and he really brings Goya (whose paintings and drawings just fascinate me!) to life. I wish he had written the second part because it does end a bit abrupt, I thought. I'm still to read a non-fiction biography of Goya so I'm not sure how "accurate" Feuchtwan
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic Classics - Lion Feuchtwanger was able to create such ingenious work
that will be read for hundred years! Everyone should read it !
Ksenia Bazan
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first entrance to the world of Goya is as magnificent as a historically ficticious a book can be. The huge amount of work and research held by Lion Feuchtwanger is exquisite. As a huge fan of Goya's art works I read several sources about his life but none can be compared with this masterpiece. Nothing seems forced, everything comes natural, all the explanations given are pretty logical. Of course the author about one man's biography with so many mysteries inside shoud gamble and choose his v ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has always found the artist Francisco Goya, and the turbulent times this Spanish maestro lived through, completely fascinating; this was always going to be a pleasurable reading experience. The author's prose and consummate skill as a writer made the period of Goya's life he focused on, namely the period which encompassed his (alleged) passionate affair with the Duchess of Alba, a vibrant life-affirming, page-turning read. He chose to speculate on some uncertain events in the arti ...more
Sep 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Knjigu najbolje opisuje baš jedan njen deo:

"Svi su poznavali tu povest, ali ona je bila nepoznata i nova ovakva kakvu ju je (on) dao. On se nije bojao da događaje koji nisu bili poznati , koji su se mogli možda samo naslućivati prikaže kao činjenice. Ali za čudo: on ih je ispričao tako kao da su se činili stvarni, da se drukčije nisu mogli ni zamisliti."

Nikada više Gojine (a verovatno i bilo koje druge) slike neću gledati na isti način. Dobile su neslućene dubine, a Goja i svi likovi tako jasne
Gentian Liko
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a well written book where the writer has succeeded to express the development of the main character in a linear time. It presents quite well the stages Goya completes to become the painter of the realism by showing the degradation of monarchy, church and aristocracy.
Немного нудновато, но опять же, я же ее прочитала! На самом деле, название «тяжкий путь познания» немного громковато для этой «мыльной оперы». Исторический роман с кучей действующих лиц, инквизиция, испанские гранды, короли и королевы – в общем, читалось весьма интересно.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heavy read (Feuchtwanger!) but brilliant and well worth it. Classic. Seriously. Goya is complicated artist, and book tells his story with passion.
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved every page of it. If only there was a book like this about every important part of the history! I fall in love with Spain and Spanish people and learnt so much in such an enjoyable way! The only thing which made me feel a big strange is that I want to know how much truth exactly in it. I went to Madrid after reading this book and I realized that I saw everything through the eyes of Lion Feuchtwanger. I saw useless Charles VI and arrogant Maria Luisa in every room of Palacio de Real, and ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Какой бы не являлась читателю фигура Гойи, верить Фейхтвангеру всё равно нельзя. Нужно изучать дополнительные источники. Хотя бы те, на которые опирался сам сеньор Лион. Немного погодя он напишет ещё один роман из истории Испании про печальную участь красавицы-еврейки из Толедо, над созданием которой трудилось достаточное количество людей, чтобы у Фейхтвангера появилась возможность внести своё веское слово, опираясь на ранее известное, дополняя собственной порцией вымысла. Романтизм требует жерт ...more
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another from my mother's collection of books. I resisted this book because it was entitled, "This is the Hour", which called to mind some 1950s political screed. One day I started to page through it and saw the references to Goya. Having spent my semester abroad in Madrid, and a good part of it in the Prado Museum, I wanted to read more.

I'm about 1/3 through it, but love it so far.
Lucie Novak
Jun 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant book about the painter and much more, thrilling, fast pace, plenty of well written characters, I read it at least 5 times ( like most Czechs I know.
Dear to us because it is also about censorship, ideology ( Inquisition) and Royal family oppressing artistic freedom.
This book also makes you understand his paintings better.
Dec 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written but historically stretched pretty thin, this book was an entertaining read, much enlivened by many tiny and delightful reproductions of Goya's works, including a few full color reprints of his larger portraits. But don't trust the author's version of events, even if they constitute a capricious flight of fancy. Goya's life was no romance novel.
Edmond Dantes
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buon romanzo su una parte della vita di Goya e sulla sua relazione con i potenti dalla famiglia reale, alla Duchessa di Alba, alla Inquisizione.
Interessante, Vien voglia di tornare in spagna e di vederne i quadri...
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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soooo loooong! and considering how little is really known about Goya's life, started questioning everything in this book. Plus, not a single sympathetic character made it seem even looooonger!
Die Affäre Goyas mit der Herzogin von Alba steht im Mittelpunkt des Romans
Groovie Zen
Sep 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read, very interesting insight on Spain of the French revolution times
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was life altering book for me. I still have my first paper issue of it among few paper books that I kept somewhat over 25 years.
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nov 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
здорово быть допущенным в мастерскую художника, читать и находить портреты, а в портретах мелкие детали
Amy Benson
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Очень ясный роман о творчестве и политике, о правде в искусстве, о столкновении личного и политического, страсти и долга, о месте художника в мире.
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuntud ka kui raamat, mille ma kapsaks olen lugenud ja mille järgi Goya on üks mu lemmikkunstnikke.
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Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was a German Jewish emigre. A renowned novelist and playwright who fled Europe during World War II and lived in Los Angeles from 1941 until his death.

A fierce critic of the Nazi regime years before it assumed power precipitated his departure, after a brief internment in France, from Europe. He and his wife Marta obtained asylum in the United States in 1941 and remain
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