By Antal Szerb
A witty transforming of 1 of the main fascinating questions of existentialism, this can be a playful paintings of comedian philosophy
The bored younger ruler of an idyllic primary ecu nation plots a coup opposed to himself and escapes to Venice looking for 'real' event. There he falls in with a crew of bold con-men and finally ends up, to his personal shock, impersonating himself.
In this splendidly droll story the king's trip via successive degrees of phantasm and truth teaches him a lot in regards to the international, his foreordained position in it, and himself. once more Szerb's mild irony is dropped at undergo on a few uncomfortable paradoxes of self and the human .
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You must lend me these, Basil,’ he cried. ‘I want to learn them. ’ ‘Oh, I am tired of sitting, and I don’t want a life-sized portrait of myself,’ answered the lad, swinging round on the music-stool, in a wilful, petulant manner. When he caught sight of Lord Henry, a faint blush coloured his cheeks for a moment, and he started up. ’ ‘This is Lord Henry Wotton, Dorian, an old Oxford friend of mine. ’ ‘You have not spoiled my pleasure in meeting you, Mr. Gray,’ said Lord Henry, stepping forward and extending his hand.
Ian Small (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ). –––– Studies in the History of Renaissance (), revised and expanded as The Renaissance (), repr. in The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry––The Text, ed. Donald L. Hill (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, ). Hill’s edition notes the textual variants in the four editions of The Renaissance that Pater published during his lifetime. Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars, ed. and trans. Catharine Edwards (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ).
Basil, this is extraordinary! ’ Hallward got up from the seat, and walked up and down the garden. After some time he came back. ‘Harry,’ he said, ‘Dorian Gray is to me simply a motive in art. You might see nothing in him. I see everything in him. He is never more present in my work than when no image of him is there. He is a suggestion, as I have said, of a new manner. I ﬁnd him in the curves of certain lines, in the loveliness and subtleties of certain colours. ’ asked Lord Henry. ‘Because, without intending it, I have put into it some expression of all this curious artistic idolatry,* of which, of course, I have never cared to speak to him.
Oliver VII by Antal Szerb