Antal Szerb's Oliver VII PDF

By Antal Szerb

ISBN-10: 1901285901

ISBN-13: 9781901285901

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.

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