Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a...more
Originally published in 1934, Seven Gothic Tales, the first book by "one of the finest and most singular artists of our time" (The Atlantic), is a modern classic. Here are seven exquisite tales combining the keen psychological insight characteristic of the modern short story with the haunting mystery of the nineteenth-century Gothic tale, in the tradition of writers such as Goethe, Hoffmann, and Poe."These tales are a modern refinement of German romanticism. ...They are peopled, or haunted, by ghosts of a past age, voluptuaries dreaming of the singers and ballerinas of the operas of Mozart and Gluck, young men who are too melancholy to enjoy love or too perverse to profit by it, maidens dedicated to chastity and others hopeful of a gentlemanly seduction; their generally fantastic adventures are exquisitely played."-- The New York Times"[Seven Gothic Tales is] in that special realm in which artistry is more real than reality" -- Time less
Wonderful writer. She was the favorite writer of a writer I love, Carson McCullers, and so I went looking for Isak. I knew her from the movie Out of Africa but her writing is so sublime. I will read everything eventually and I highly recommend her to you.
A book of short stories that feel like a russian doll or a house of mirrors. Enigmatic stories engender new ones as characters use them too express feelings or simply to amuse themselves. The psychological portraits are as rich as the amusing plots and turnarounds in the stories.
I chose to write a paper on Seven Gothic Tales. Dinesen's use of the grotesque to shock her contemporary readers reveals how she she was so ahead of her time while she set her stories in the past. A terrific feminist read.