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Selected Tales (2007) [Collection]
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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.

Original title: Selected Tales
Original languages: German

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


The following works are contained within this one:
     Tale of the 672nd Night, the (1895) [Short Story]
      Author: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Edition #1: Selected Tales

Selected Tales (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: J. M. Q. Davies
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Manifested in:

Selected Tales (June 15, 2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Angel Classics
ISBN: 9780946162741
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.5 in
Pages: 118

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