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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr
The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr | Anthea Bell, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Jeremy Adler
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It was E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822) who first explored many of the themes and techniques which were later used by writers from Dickens to Dostoyevsky, Poe to Kafka, Baudelaire to Marquez. His career reached a glorious climax in The Tomcat Murr, perhaps the strangest novel of the nineteenth century. Hoffmann was a follower of Cervantes and Sterne, a pioneering 'magic realist', fascinated by Gothic horror, extreme mental states and supernatural events occurring within sharply (and sometimes satirically) rendered social settings. A talented composer and painter, he portrayed himself in the guise of Johannes Kreisler - the hypochondriac, antisocial and moody but brilliant musician. In this book, a vain and very bourgeois tomcat sets out to write his memoirs, using a biography of Kreisler as a blotting pad. By a printer's error, the two lives get spliced together into a bizarre double narrative.
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The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr | Anthea Bell, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Jeremy Adler
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Just happened upon a reference to The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr in chapter 4 of Middlemarch (“Who can tell what just criticisms Murr the Cat may be passing on us beings of wider speculation?”) and boy, does this fantasy(?) book sound like a trip! 😸 #george #1001books

vivastory I recently added This Hoffmann book to my TBR. It does sound pretty wild! 2mo
Graywacke I recognized this cat by name, but I know absolutely nothing about Murr except the title. She has a lot of puzzling-to-me references. 2mo
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