Glorious Nemesis

Glorious Nemesis I feel myself to be walking in the footsteps of what Ladislav Kl ma wrote and stood for Bohumil HrabalKlima s intense inner life and complex mental state are reflected in his peculiar writings The ecc

  • Title: Glorious Nemesis
  • Author: Ladislav Klíma Marek Tomin Pavel Růt
  • ISBN: 9788086264394
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I feel myself to be walking in the footsteps of what Ladislav Kl ma wrote and stood for Bohumil HrabalKlima s intense inner life and complex mental state are reflected in his peculiar writings The eccentricity of style and occasional violence found in his prose were intended to convey the deep conflicts attending his thought processes, and this is perhaps best exemplI feel myself to be walking in the footsteps of what Ladislav Kl ma wrote and stood for Bohumil HrabalKlima s intense inner life and complex mental state are reflected in his peculiar writings The eccentricity of style and occasional violence found in his prose were intended to convey the deep conflicts attending his thought processes, and this is perhaps best exemplified in the novella Glorious Nemesis, a balladic ghost story that explores the metaphysics of love and death, crime and reincarnation Sider, a man of twenty eight, is confronted in the Tyrol by a giant mountain named Stag s Head and an ancient hovel standing under a high, black cliff Out one day on a hike, he encounters two women who will mark his fate the elder Errata, dressed in red, and the younger Orea, dressed in blue the two colors of the Virgin Mary From this point on Sider is on a quest for the All, the Absolute, and to achieve eternity by atoning for the misdeeds of a past life Willing to risk his entire fortune and sanity, he succumbs to his dreams and hallucinations as Orea, or her doppelg nger, becomes for him the apotheosis of the Feminine, a representation of the goddess Nemesis who initiates him into the mysteries of life and death through her attribute of divine retribution Published posthumously in 1932, this is the first English translation.

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    1. Mysterious and philosophical, potentially creepy and, at times, creaky in its execution, Klima's short novel is worth reading for its fervid style and the way he keeps catching the reader out.UPDATE: Some time ago The Review of Contemporary Fiction removed its archive of reviews. Here's what I wrote there about this novel, in the Summer 2102, Vol. XXXII, No. 2 issue (reprinted by permission):Ladislav Klíma. Glorious Nemesis. Trans. Marek Tomin. Twisted Spoon, 2011. 123 Pp. Cloth: £14.50.“Onl [...]

    2. Why can’t modern novels be more passionately unhinged like GLORIOUS NEMESIS by Ladislav Klíma? I’m sure they’re still being written, but few of those are championed and most of what is held up as the highest expression of the form are dull and lifeless. Not this crazy piece of philosophical madness, which seeks rapture and pushes existence to the very edge before taking a great leap into the abyss. I want nothing less in my literature.

    3. Somewhere between Nietzsche and a blind, narcotic fairytale is Ladislav Klima, writing hard prose that is deeply colored by a sense of the mystical interconnectedness of humanity and the environment but urging you to — you know — just fuck it and jump off the cliff anyhow — if only in order to control your destiny and "be like God." Suicide, horror and madness are constant preoccupations in his work. But so is a kind of mystic's sense of the beauty in the random, quotidian and the grotesq [...]

    4. I read this book because I recently moved to the Czech Republic and was looking to find some new authors. The blurb on the back caught my attention because it reminded of themes I came across in other books written by Central European authors such as Kafka, Kundera and Hesse. There is a fine line between reality and dreams, male and female, caution and insanity.The author tries to capture all of these dichotomies in an action novel, but in doing so just forces the issue and ends up having to tel [...]

    5. This starts of as a ghost story but soon enough you realise it is so much more! Very weird and yet fascinatingly intriguing, it subtly deals with some metaphysical concepts like reincarnation, karma, moksha etc that are all too common in India and yet to think these are coming from a Czech author who wrote this book in the early 1900s!Will definitely recommend it. It's short, crisp, fast paced and very lucid. Kudos to the publisher for unearthing this rare gem for English language readers

    6. Klíma wrote to expound on his philosophy according to the afterword, About The Author. A radical subjective idealist, he developed metaphysical systems of egosolism and deoessence, which according to the afterword is the condition of "the subject fully understanding his substance and becoming the creator of his own divinity."The story is surreal, compelling, and full of observances about the human condition. It's really good.If I had read this as a younger man, it might have profoundly altered [...]

    7. Love death blood horror mountains madness collective consciousness stirb und werde! Deoessence, the absolute, not just Redbull gives you wings. Central European, early 20th century, thinking man's ghost story with philosophical overtones and a storyline that turns the screw like the Golem with a bit of Frankenstein and Dracula mixed in.

    8. Described as a "Baladic ghost story" Glorious Nemesis succeeds in plumbing the depths of love and death, crime and reincarnation. Quite strange.

    9. Čtena jen Slavná Nemesis. Sice jsem se ztrácela a ten konec byl dost WTF, ale účel to splnilo. Užila jsem si to. 3.5/5*

    10. A kind of reality that is totally subject to the will of a sinner seeking divinity through his unordinary victims.

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