E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German Romantic author of fantasy and Gothic horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His stories highly influenced 19th-century literature and he is one of the major figures of the Romantic movement.


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  1. 1. The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr

    This novel is a satirical critique of society and the arts, told from the perspective of a highly intelligent and cultured tomcat named Murr. Murr writes his autobiography, displaying his views on life, art, and human nature, while also inadvertently including fragments of a biography of a musician friend. The narrative alternates between Murr's witty observations and the tragic life of the musician, creating a unique blend of humor and pathos.

    The 1140th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Tales Of Hoffmann

    "The Tales of Hoffmann" is a collection of fantastical and eerie stories that delve into the supernatural and the bizarre. The narratives often feature the author's alter ego, a character named Hoffmann, who encounters a variety of strange and otherworldly phenomena. The stories blend elements of horror, romance, and satire, exploring the depths of human emotion and the dark corners of the imagination. Through a series of gripping tales, the book examines the interplay between reality and illusion, the rational and the irrational, and the mundane and the miraculous, leaving readers to ponder the fine line that separates the ordinary from the extraordinary.

    The 2429th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. The Devil's Elixir

    The book is a captivating tale of supernatural intrigue and obsession, revolving around the life of a young man who comes into possession of a mysterious elixir that once belonged to a sinister monk. This potion, which is said to grant the drinker supernatural powers and insights, leads the protagonist on a dark and perilous journey. As he becomes increasingly entangled in the elixir's curse, the boundaries between reality and hallucination blur, drawing him into a world of demonic forces, doppelgängers, and haunting visions. The narrative weaves a complex web of passion, addiction, and the human psyche, exploring the depths of madness and the consequences of tampering with the unknown.

    The 5305th Greatest Book of All Time