The Lord Chandos Letter: And Other Writings

The Lord Chandos Letter And Other Writings Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet as a playwright and as the librettist for Richard Strauss s greatest operas but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short strangely evocative

  • Title: The Lord Chandos Letter: And Other Writings
  • Author: Hugo von Hofmannsthal Joel Rotenberg
  • ISBN: 9781590171202
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here fin de si cle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and Freud, a number of them never before translated into EnHugo von Hoffmannsthal made his mark as a poet, as a playwright, and as the librettist for Richard Strauss s greatest operas, but he was no less accomplished as a writer of short, strangely evocative prose works The atmospheric stories and sketches collected here fin de si cle fairy tales from the Vienna of Klimt and Freud, a number of them never before translated into English propel the reader into a shadowy world of uncanny fates and secret desires An aristocrat from Paris in the plague years shares a single night of passion with an unknown woman a cavalry sergeant meets his double on the battlefield an orphaned man withdraws from the world with his four servants, each of whom has a mysterious power over his destiny.The most influential of all of Hofmannsthal s writings is the title story, a fictional letter to the English philosopher Francis Bacon in which Lord Chandos explains why he is no longer able to write The Letter not only symbolized Hofmannsthal s own turn away from poetry, it captured the psychological crisis of faith and language which was to define the twentieth century.

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      Hugo von Hofmannsthal February 1, 1874 July 15, 1929 , was an Austrian novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist.

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    1. At a minimum, readers intending to read Enrique Vila-Matas’ Bartleby & Co. would be well-advised not only to read (or reread) Bartleby, the Scrivener, but also the last story in this collection. It mattersCavalry Soldier—A sergeant imagines his future as he advances with his squadron through skirmishes in the Italian countryside before encountering his doppelgänger and being confronted by his commanding officer for possession of a horse taken in battle. The indifference of war. Dream De [...]


    2. Dear Lord ChandosThis is not a review, of course; nor is it a letter, for what is the point of writing a letter to someone who cannot reply, who would not reply even if he were a real man, and not a fictional character? No, it is more a confession masquerading as a game. [How tedious these games are, the games I have so often played in order to distract myself from myself]. Last night I was in the pub with two friends. I had invited them there in order to seek their advice, and I had confessed t [...]


    3. Pre-verbal innocence, post-verbal freedom Dreaming of a sense of wonder beyond wordsTo read in tandem with Steven Millhauser's "History of a Disturbance". A dash of Wittgenstein would also help.



    4. Somewhere in one of Julio Cortazar's books he raves about Hofmannsthal's The Lord Chandos Letter, so years ago I tracked it down in a library, read it, and loved it; but I couldn't find anything else by him. Good thing NYRB has now put this collection out, which includes The Letter, stories, and a few prose poems.Hoffmannsthal was a late 19th c. Viennese literary prodigy whose Lord Chandos letter was his farewell to purely lyrical literature (before he was 30), as he was overcome with the emptin [...]


    5. Hugo Von Hofmannsthal has a fantastic name and every once in a while writes a clear sentence conveying a clear image but for the most part due most likely to a crappy translation mixed with antiquated story sensibilities admixed with weak sensory celebrations that seem more pathological than ecstatic, to borrow a phrase from the world of breastfeeding, I didn't latch with this one and thereby wasn't properly nourished. I can't say I completed every story since midway through most of them, despit [...]


    6. Here we have a rather slim but suggestive selection of prose pieces—most of which are radically incomplete—by the fabled child-saint of literary fin de siècle Vienna himself, Hugo von Hofmannsthal. An author whom Hermann Broch maintained (in an erudite, book-length socio-biographical study) was the premier modernist writer—greater even than that blind dipsomaniac and noted fart fetishist, Joyce McSomething-or-Other, and whose precocious mastery of language Stefan Zweig ranked as a world-h [...]


    7. I'll just add a little to Daniel Myers's review on . These stories have long been classics of modernist literature, and they should be read by everyone interested in the history of Symbolism, the heritage of Poe, the history of fantasy fiction, and the development of what Robert Musil called "daylight mysticism" (that's in his "Posthumous Papers of a Living Author," also on ). [return][return]What I'd like to add to Myers is that "The Lord Chandos Letter" is a very important text in the history [...]


    8. It's believed by some that a primary influence on the Lord Chandos Letter was the work of Ernst Mach. Mach is best known today for his association with the famous Mach number for measuring supersonic velocity, but in his own time he also made major contributions to the fields of experimental physics, optics, cosmology and the philosophy of science. Mach's theoretical research was particularly important to the young Albert Einstein in its overt rejection of the absolutes underpinning Newtonian me [...]


    9. I can only rate three stars because other than Lord Chandos Letter itself, actually only 10% of the book, spoke to me. It is a letter to a friend explaining why words no longer can express anything he sees or feels, so he decides to abandon words altogether. There is a certain irony to the "story" itself in that he expresses beautifully in the letter itself what he means and why he will abandon language completely and withdraw from society.Two of the other stories, particularly the profound "An [...]


    10. Νομίζω ότι είναι ένα μικρό διαμαντάκι το οποίο χρίζει πολλαπλές αναγνώσεις από μεριάς μου προκειμένου να καταφέρω να φτάσω στην ουσία του όπως αυτή αναλύεται πολύ όμορφα στην εισαγωγή του.


    11. I learnt about this book while I was reading a Thai fiction on fictionlog in which the protagonist is diagnosed to have Lord Chandos syndrome which means he's losing his ability to describe things with words. This book is a collection of short stories, some of them are just one page long, written by a talented Viennese poet, Hugo von Hoffmannsthal. Lord Chandos letter is the last chapter of the book and in my opinion, is the most interesting and mesmerising. If this book consists of just this on [...]


    12. A trembling little collection saturated with loss, melancholia and otherworldliness. Hofmannsthal's style aligns him closer to his French Symbolist associates rather than to his Viennese peers. It is a cross of the de Gourmont's short stories and Trakl's poetry. (yes, I know, Trakl is German, not French) I read "Tale of the 672nd Night" and the very short piece, "Dream Death" on an insomniac night- how fitting.


    13. Far more internalized than the fiction I normally read, this is very much a young man's--a very intelligent young man's--book, ranging from early versions of flash or micro fiction to the weighty, almost ponderous investigations of the longer tales. The second half of "A Letter" (the title story, more or less) is quite impressive.


    14. Not as strange as I was led to believe. Dream death, Doppelgänger, "a bloated colossus in which you could knock twenty holes and draw off gold instead of blood," etc. A large number of mirrors, veils, mysteries, phrases like "dreamy infinite astonishment," and secret passageways, secret doorways to "the heart of things," etc. The title story though, is something else.


    15. Is there such a thing as reader's block? When literature itself becomes tedious, and your brain won't stop throbbing with useless and pointless and knowledge, then there's the Lord Chandos letter. Read it again and cleanse yourself.


    16. Discovering Hugo von Hofmannstahl's short fiction has been a revelation, as if I were seeing the germination of modernist literature -- the crux of 20th century thought. Here we have it all: the paralysis; the alienation; the fractured psyche; the inability of language to communicate subconscious desire; the rejection of formal structures and philosophies that provide whole, structured, and harmonious order; the epiphanies found in the ordinary; the exploration of the dream-worlds that shape our [...]


    17. Me gustó el conjunto de textos que eligieron para esta edición. Todos los relatos se nuclean alrededor de la carta de Lord Chandos, que anticipa varios problemas de la literatura en el Siglo XX: la desconfianza del lenguaje, el vaciamiento del sentido, el absurdo etc. Hofmannsthal parece estar parado al final del romanticismo. En dos textos, "Recuerdo de días hermosos" (sobre Venecia) y los relatos de viaje en Grecia (estos los que más me gustaron después de la carta), la búsqueda de los c [...]


    18. Lesebuch der Jahrhundertwende genannt, als Aushilfe für abgestumpfte plumpe Stundenten gerade vor Semesterferien nicht gedacht, doch genützt, ist dies Screiben zum Theile in den siebenten Himmel gehoben, zum Teil aber prägnant und dem Zeitgeist angepasst.Schaustellung Zebra im Zoo, Jahrhundertwende in einem Brief -> allerherzlichst tiefstenschmerzlichst willkommen!



    19. Introdução de Hermann Broch:«Recorde-se () uma frase tão curiosa como notável do 'Livro dos Amigos' ('Das Buch der Freunde'). «A representação plástica não se faz ao olhar, mas ao identificar.» É uma indicação para o artista, que quer dizer: enquanto as coisas forem, para ti, apenas algo que está em face do Eu, nunca, mas nunca mesmo, captarás o seu verdadeiro ser, e nenhuma contemplação, nenhuma representação desenhada que deles faças, nenhuma descrição, por maior que sej [...]


    20. "Non scriverò più nessun libro, [] perché la lingua, in cui mi sarebbe dato non solo di scrivere, ma forse anche di pensare, non è il latino nè l'inglese nè l'italiano o lo spagnolo, ma una lingua di cui non una sola parola mi è nota, una lingua in cui mi parlano le cose mute, e in cui forse un giorno nella tomba mi troverò a rispondere a un giudice sconosciuto." (pp. 59, 61)


    21. Hugo von Hofmannsthal is one of a litany of writers whose fantastic reputations have dwindled since their own day. Considered a literary phenom in fin-de-siecle Vienna, and highly regarded as Richard Strauss’ librettist for some of his finest operas, including Elektra (1909), Ariande auf Naxos (1912), and Der Rosenkavalier (1911), he hadn’t even hit the age of age of twenty before his writing began to draw serious attention. Today, he is mostly known for the eponymous story originally publis [...]


    22. An dieser Harmonie begrenzter und geordneter Begriffe hoffte ich zu gesunden. Aber ich konnte nicht zu ihnen hinüber. Diese Begriffe, ich verstand sie wohl: ich sah ihr wundervolles Verhältnisspiel vor mir aufsteigen wie herrliche Wasserkünste, die mit goldenen Bällen spielen. Ich konnte sie umschweben und sehen wie sie zueinander spielten; aber sie hatten es nur miteinander zu tun und das Tiefste, das persönliche meines Denkens blieb von ihrem Reigen ausgeschlossen. Es überkam mich unter [...]


    23. Von der Wende zur literarischen Moderne ist die Rede, seit die Sprache für die Literaten an Bedeutung verliert. Insbesondere Schriftsteller der Dekadenz wie Hugo von Hofmannsthal (1874–1929) halten daran fest, dass die Sprache nichts mehr tauge. Für ihn will das heißen, dass sie auf ihre kommunikative Rolle eingeschränkt worden ist. Dass die Sprache „so abgegriffen wie schlechte Münzen [sei]“ (Hugo von Hofmannsthal, GW X 413 [Aufzeichnungen 1896]), will sagen, dass sie, wenigstens in [...]


    24. Har kun læst "Ein Brief", men teksten/brevet er virkelig smukt skrevet og handler paradoksalt nok om at miste evnen til at skrive.






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