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The author of the book: Heimito von Doderer
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Language: English
Edition: Alfred A. Knopf
Date of issue: 1961
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What is this mid 19th century book doing in a mid 20th century publishing list? All joking aside, I was fascinated that this book (there are in fact two volumes to this expansive work exceeding 1300 pages...) was actually published in 1955 when it seemed like it could have come out of mid-19th century Russia or along side contemporary French or British realists/naturalists like Hugo or Dickens. I've read that Doderer started writing on the project well before WWII, (and the plot orbits around the events of 1926-1927 Vienna) but to have a book of this ILK emerge in the same decade that Kerouac was writing the scrolls for On the Road is baffling to say the least.

And yet, what a lovely, sprawling book! Whether or not Doderer was enamored enough with Dostoyevsky to attempt to emulate his craft is beside the point. What resulted from Doderer's captivation with the 19th century literary tradition was a work that is beautifully insightful, delicately observant, socially aware and brilliantly executed. To understand what life was like among an even slice of social classes in a Vienna sandwiched between the two world wars, this book will serve the reader well. It is a Vienna struggling with industrialization, class conflict, capitalism and modernity. Sit back and enter the smoke-filled cafes where all sorts of discussions take place regarding everything from fashion to latin to gossip and scandal. You will come to appreciate Doderer's hand and the diversity of characters that inhabit this intimate community.

Again, the language reminds me of something out of the 19th century tradition. Here are a few examples of Doderer's style (artificially constructed, by me, for effect.):

"He was horrified and astounded at what he had just heard and he contained his rage by taking another sip from his tea."

"She was happy that she had found someone who shared her love of music and her unique interests and this realization made him, in some way, unworthy and a bore."

"He was elated and proud that he had reject the offered promotion. After all, to be beholden is to be a slave, he thought to himself, and he walked down the Vienna Gasse with a certain levity. He felt at this time that his shoulders were held a bit higher and that his eyes a bit more narrow with determination and conviction. A moment later a wave of self-disgust overcame him and he was nearly compelled to seek an alleyway where he could relieve himself of his regret."

Well, this might help you to prepare for the experience. Oh, yeah... and there's a full chapter written in what could be considered pseudo Middle English. This is the translator's device on how to translate a section of medieval Germanic text to "readable" English. Good luck! I almost threw the book across the room at this point.

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Ebook The Demons read Online! Heimito von Doderer lebte fast ausschließlich in Wien. 1916 geriet er in russische Gefangenschaft und kehrte erst 1920 zurück. Er studierte Geschichtswissenschaft. Seit der Veröffentlichung seiner Hauptwerke "Die Strudlhofstiege" (1951) und "Die Dämonen" (1956) gilt er als einer der bedeutendsten österreichischen Schriftsteller.

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This book will make you shudder, infiltrate, and change your mind about this crazy world.


Watch out! Maybe a fundamental change in your life!


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Why do they ask for a phone?


Another one-time book

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