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Angel Classics Selected Tales

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The restless, alienated spirit of turn-of-the-century Vienna is brilliantly caught in these tales - hitherto not readily available together in English translation - by Hugo von Hofmannsthal, one of the major writers of the Early Modernist period and Richard Strauss's librettist. Powerful issues and emotions lie below the surface of these narratives - of a young aesthete's crack-up as he wanders through a terrifying psychic landscape (The Tale of the 672nd Night); of an insubordinate soldier's brutal nemesis during Field Marshal Radetzky's 1848 campaign against Italian insurgents (A Cavalry Tale); of love and death in time of plague in seventeenth-century France (Marshal de Bassompierre's Adventure).

The celebrated Letter from Lord Chandos, a fictional epistle addressed to Francis Bacon, records a young writer's crisis over the mismatch between words and truth. Finally, in the delightful comedic gender-reversal story Lucidor, the nucleus of the later libretto of Strauss's Arabella, the cloud of sexual repression and violence hanging over the characters in the other tales is lifted.

'Crafted with subtlety ... fresh and a joy to read.' Steven Kippax, The London Miscellany

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Series Angel Classics Title Selected Tales
Subject German Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date December 2007 Authors Hugo von Hofmannsthal / J M Q Davies
Binding Paperback Pages 160
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 129
ESB Code 55357 ISBN 9780946162741
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  Price £9.95

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