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The Fiery Angel: A Sixteenth Century Romance

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  174 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
"In a vividly atmospheric recreation of the occult underworld of sixteenth century Germany, during an age of Inquisition, three souls meet: an innocent young man choosing between Love and Duty, a woman prone to visions and a Knight, who is either angel or demon." Religious experience and sexual hysteria meet in an apocalyptic vision of the spiritual crisis of modern life. ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published 1975 by Neville Spearman (first published 1908)
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Michael
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly do not know how I missed this book in the past. It is one of the best novels I have read in my entire lifetime. It struck a chord that will continue to sustain for years to come. Brilliant writing, brilliant translation. I feel that I could read it again and again and always learn something new. Thank you to my friend who suggested it!
Vera
Sep 08, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of symbolism and magical stories of old times
This book could be called an example of symbolic novel on the one hand, and a thorough stylisation of novels of late Middle Age and the era of humanism on the another. It includes all specyfic features of those times - inquisitors, first humanists and scientists,travellers and openers of new countries. But the main feature of it is magic world, which fullfill the novel. The reader is always on the crossroad - to believe in magic and magicians or not. Up to the end he wouldn't find the answer. Th ...more
Karli
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-mine
I was interested in reading this novel initially because of the Prokofiev opera by the same name. Being the type of person who usually watches operas based on books (instead of the other way around), I decided to read the source material before listening to the music.

Since descriptions of The Fiery Angel drew similarities to The Master and Margarita and other Russian novels of the time period, I expected a much different book. The setting is in 16th century Germany, and as it is set as a 'histor
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d.
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, rusija

dok je nisam dovrshila nisam mogla ni spavati ni jesti.
svega ima, ljubavi prvenstveno, sholastike, egzorcizma, inkvizicije, demonologije, filosofije i alhemije.
opisan je kao istorijsko-psiholoshki roman, na njega se nadovezuje tematikom blizak mu majstor i margarita. ipak, ognjeni andjeo izdvajam kao favorit.
(brjusov me je josh sa 'mramornom glavom' kupio. ko voli fantastichne priche ta zbirka je moja iskrena preporuka!)
John
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical Russian novel. A story of a medieval knight, alchemy, and the Inquisition.
Eadweard
Quite an odd book, I'm not sure what to make of it, if I didn't know it was published in 1908, I would have taken it for a "modern" "fantasy" novel. If you enjoy historical fiction you will probably enjoy it just for the setting and all the things the protagonist writes about. If you liked The Master and Margarita and Là-bas you will probably enjoy it too. I'll see if I can watch the Prokofiev opera somewhere.





"From the small bag she had brought, she took out a few sprigs of herb: heather, verben
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Berseri
Oct 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Besides being an exciting reading, this novel has an interesting peculiarity: if you check maps of Germany of that period, you can see what a thorough work the author has done- all the pathes walked by characters really existed. He also included historical facts.
J
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our hero stays the night in a boarding house in the middle of a German forest. While trying to sleep he is distracted by demonic noises emanating from the chamber next to his. He decides to investigate.

He finds a woman illuminated by moonlight. She is writhing on the ground and at turns laughing and screaming, seemingly possessed by a demon. When her "familiar" finally vacates her body, she collapses to the ground, seemingly exhausted. Despite the pleading of our hero for her to rest, sleep and
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Monika Igevska Rizova
Ne e toa sto ocekuvav, no sepak mnogu mi se dopadna. Ne sum procitala za tolku mnogu ljubov, kolku vo ovaa kniga, blika niz stranicite. Se razbira, mi se dopadna okultniot aspekt na prikaznata, kako i raskazuvacot. Ja citav dodeka ja slusav operata na Prokofjev pod istoto ime. Ne e lesna za citanje, treba sekako trpenie, a avtorot navistina znael da pisuva. Preporaka!
Paul
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Bruisov's masterwork, but it is not the sort of novel that everyone can enjoy - even among the crowd that generally enjoys Dedalus' occult and fantastic releases.

"The Fiery Angel" is a strange journey thru beautifully and vividly invoked 16th Century Europe, with sojourns into its occult and religious underbelly. You'll encounter strange, seemingly supernatural occurrences, but they are quite underplayed and their meaning and reality is is left in the air for the largest part of this nov
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Kevin
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable, and not at all what I was expecting. I'm continuing to love everything I read that Daedalus publishes.
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Shelves: russian, faust-theme
I only read the chapters with Faust
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