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Weird Tales

E. T. A. Hoffmann

This recording includes both volumes of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Weird Tales, a collection of gothic novellas set in Germany, Italy, and some of the wilder parts of Europe. What there is of the supernatural in these tales is introduced with great subtlety if at all; most of the stories draw their "weirdness" from extraordinary characters, circumstances, or coincidences rather than from the paranormal, working out dark passions in dark settings. There are two themes dominating almost every one of these stories: not only the passion of young tragic love, but also a passion for Art in its every manifestation. With an almost religious fervor, Hoffmann builds each of his stories on a veneration for poetry, painting, craftsmanship, music. It is perhaps this passion for Art for Art's sake that made the stories of Hoffmann so profoundly influential on later writers, from the Bronte sisters of England to the Serapion Brethren and Marina Tsvetaeva of revolutionary Russia. (Summary by Expatriate)

This recording includes both volumes of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Weird Tales, a collection of gothic novellas set in Germany, Italy, and some of the wilder parts of Europe. What there is of the supernatural in these tales is introduced with great subtlety if at all; most of the stories draw their "weirdness" from extraordinary characters, circumstances, or coincidences rather than from the paranormal, working out dark passions in dark settings. There are two themes dominating almost every one of these stories: not only the passion of young tragic love, but also a passion for Art in its every manifestation. With an almost religious fervor, Hoffmann builds each of his stories on a veneration for poetry, painting, craftsmanship, music. It is perhaps this passion for Art for Art's sake that made the stories of Hoffmann so profoundly influential on later writers, from the Bronte sisters of England to the Serapion Brethren and Marina Tsvetaeva of revolutionary Russia. (Summary by Expatriate)
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

This recording includes both volumes of E. T. A. Hoffmann's Weird Tales, a collection of gothic novellas set in Germany, Italy, and some of the wilder parts of Europe. What there is of the supernatural in these tales is introduced with great subtlety if at all; most of the stories draw their "weirdness" from extraordinary characters, circumstances, or coincidences rather than from the paranormal, working out dark passions in dark settings. There are two themes dominating almost every one of these stories: not only the passion of young tragic love, but also a passion for Art in its every manifestation. With an almost religious fervor, Hoffmann builds each of his stories on a veneration for poetry, painting, craftsmanship, music. It is perhaps this passion for Art for Art's sake that made the stories of Hoffmann so profoundly influential on later writers, from the Bronte sisters of England to the Serapion Brethren and Marina Tsvetaeva of revolutionary Russia. (Summary by Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

23h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

20:43


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

20:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:47


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

27:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

30:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

19:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

21:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

17:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

16:51


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:49


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

15:23


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

20:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

22:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

23:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

15:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

23:22


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

22:40


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

21:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:29


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

23:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

19:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:35


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

20:21


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

17:28


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

23:23


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

21:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

18:25


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

19:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

17:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

17:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

18:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

16:50


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

17:50


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

15:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

20:02


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

13:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

20:22


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

14:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

18:09


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

19:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

15:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

16:22


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

15:54


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

17:37


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

17:24


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

17:07


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

18:15


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

16:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

16:39


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

17:50


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

17:00


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

17:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

19:13


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

19:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

18:54


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

19:00


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

17:06


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

18:13


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

19:43


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

19:54


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

17:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

19:03