Der Golem von Limehouse

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688105524

Category: Fiction

Page: 334

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1880 im Londoner Stadtteil Limehouse. In Herbstnächten geht ein Mörder um. Eines seiner schrecklich verstümmelten und nach okkulten Ritualen zerlegten Opfer ist der jüdische Gelehrte Salomon Weil. Neben seiner Leiche liegt ein Lexikon, das beim Stichwort «Golem» aufgeschlagen ist. Er ist ein Bekannter von Karl Marx. Die Morde hören erst auf, als ein Jahr später die Aktrice Elizabeth Cree den Tod am Strang stirbt. Sie soll ihren Mann mit Arsen vergiftet haben. Auch er war ein Bekannter von Karl Marx, und so gerät schließlich Marx selbst in Verdacht, der Golem von Limehouse zu sein. Doch das eigentliche Geheimnis dieses Romans liegt tiefer. Thomas de Quinceys Essay «Der Mord als schöne Kunst betrachtet» spielt bei der Aufklärung des Falles eine entscheidende Rolle. Auch die sozialen Utopien des Romanciers George Gissing oder die Ideen von Charles Babbage, dem Erfinder der Rechenmaschine, sind Schlüssel zu den Verbrechen. Gissing und Babbage vertreten aufgeklärte Ideen, aber denen scheinen okkulte Gedanken zugrunde zu liegen, die dem Golem, jenem grauenhaften «Ding ohne Form», erst Gestalt verleihen ... «Der Golem von Limehouse» ist ein fesselnder Thriller, der zugleich auf die schrecklichen Ereignisse unserer Epoche vorausdeutet, indem er zeigt, daß es kein Licht ohne Dunkel gibt, keine Aufklärung ohne die Mächte der Finsternis.
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Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0749396598

Category: Detective and mystery stories

Page: 281

View: 7777

As Elizabeth Cree sits every day in a courtroom, on trial for the murder of her husband, the story moves from courthouse to music hall to the back alleys of Limehouse, the notorious district of Victorian London, teeming with the poorest of the poor, the most violent of criminals and helpless preyed upon immigrants, following the trail of slaughter laid by the Golem, an almost mythical predecessor of Jack the Ripper. Fact and fiction blend effortlessly as Dan Leno, king of the music-hall comedians is dragged unwittingly into the investigation of one of London's most notorious murders. When Karl Marx and George Gissing are connected to the same crime the possibilities are endless.
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The Limehouse Golem

A Novel

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Nan A. Talese

ISBN: 0307816230

Category: Fiction

Page: 261

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A literary star returns with an addictive tale of murder in Victorian London. Peter Ackroyd is "our most exciting and original writer... one of the few English writers of his generation who will be read in a hundred years' time." -- The Sunday Times (London) Without a doubt, Peter Ackroyd's breakout book. It has all the erudition and literary brilliance we expect of Ackroyd, yet it is as vivid, scary, and spellbinding as the best of Edgar Allan Poe. The year is 1880, the setting London's poor and dangerous Limehouse district, home to immigrants and criminals. A series of brutal murders has occurred, and, as Ackroyd leads us down London's dark streets, the sense of time and place becomes overwhelmingly immediate and real. We experience the sights and sounds of the English music halls, smell the smells of London slums, hear the hooves of horses on the cobblestone streets, and attend the trial of Elizabeth Cree, a woman accused of poisoning her husband but who may be the one person who knows the truth about the murders. The wonderfully rhythmic shifting of focus from trial to back alleys, where we come upon George Gissing, author of New Grub Street, and even Karl Marx, gives the story a tremendous depth and resonance beyond its page-turning thriller plot. Peter Ackroyd has once again confirmed his place as one of the great writers of our time. Previously published as The Trial Of Elizabeth Cree.
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Metafiction and Myth in the Novels of Peter Ackroyd

Author: Susana Onega Jaén

Publisher: Camden House

ISBN: 9781571130068

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 214

View: 2010

Providing detailed analysis of the recurrent structural and thematic traits in Peter Ackroyd's first nine novels, this work sets out to show how they grow out of the tension created by two apparently contradictory tendencies. These are, on the one hand, the metafictional tendency to blur the boundaries between story-telling and history, to enhance the linguistic component of writing, and to underline the constructedness of the world created in a way that aligns Ackroyd with other postmodernist writers of historiographic metafiction; and on the other, the attempt to achieve mythical closure, expressed, for example, in Ackroyd's fictional treatment of London as a mystic centre of power. This mythical element evinces the influence of high modernists such as Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot, and links Ackroyd's work to transition-to-postmodern writers such as Lawrence Durrell, Maureen Duffy, Doris Lessing and John Fowles.
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Shakespeare

die Biographie

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442738496

Category:

Page: 654

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Die Uhr in Gottes Händen

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688105486

Category: Fiction

Page: 414

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Durch einen Waldbrand wird ein geheimnisvoller Grabhügel freigelegt. Und fortan scheiden sich daran die «Geister». Ein moderner Schauerroman, der sich über die Auswüchse der Esoterik amüsiert, aber gleichzeitig getragen ist von der Achtung vor der mystischen Kraft des Vergangenen.
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Das Haus des Magiers

Roman

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442728596

Category:

Page: 375

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Der Fall des Baumeisters

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688105508

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 9925

Nicholas Dyer wird nach dem großen Brand von London im frühen 18. Jahrhundert mit dem Neubau von sieben Kirchen beauftragt. Sie sollen das aufblühende Zeitalter der Vernunft, den Geist der Wissenschaft repräsentieren. Doch der geheimnisvolle Dyer fühlt sich älteren Idealen verpflichtet: Seine Kirchen stehen auf den Überresten vorchristlicher Kultstätten, ihr Bau folgt obskuren Gesetzmäßigkeiten der Schwarzen Magie. Und ihre Fertigstellung fordert schreckliche Blutopfer. Zwei Jahrhunderte später: Nicholas Hawksmoor, Inspektor bei Scotland Yard, untersucht eine geradezu irrsinnige Serie von Morden an Kindern und Stadtstreichern. Ihr einziges gemeinsames Merkmal: Sie geschehen in unmittelbarer Nähe gewisser Kirchen aus dem 18. Jahrhundert. Logik hilft bei der Aufklärung ebensowenig weiter wie modernste kriminalistische Methoden. Eher scheint ein anonymer Brief mit seltsamen kabbalistischen Zeichen auf die richtige Spur zu weisen. Angesichts der Verbrechen zweifelt Inspektor Hawksmoor, wie Dyer, an der Kraft des aufgeklärten Verstandes. In schmutzigen Absteigen und Schenken der Londoner Slums geht er scheinbar albernen Gerüchten von einem fürchterlichen Geist aus der Vergangenheit nach, der gekommen sei, die Frevel der modernen Zivilisation zu rächen. Immer tiefer zieht es Hawksmoor in den Strudel einer horriblen magischen Unterwelt: Er hört gespenstische Stimmen, fühlt sich verfolgt und kann nicht mehr zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit unterscheiden. Ist es möglich, daß Dyer noch lebt? Oder hat am Ende er selber in geistiger Umnachtung die Morde begangen?
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Neo-Victorian Families

Gender, Sexual and Cultural Politics

Author: Marie-Luise Kohlke

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9401207240

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 410

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Tracing representations of re-imagined Victorian families in literature, film and television, and social discourse, this collection, the second volume in RodopiOCOs Neo-Victorian Series, analyses the historical trajectory of persistent but increasingly contested cultural myths that coalesce around the heterosexual couple and nuclear family as the supposed OCynormativeOCO foundation of communities and nations, past and present. It sheds new light on the significance of families as a source of fluctuating cultural capital, deployed in diverse arenas from political debates, social policy and identity politics to equal rights activism, and analyses how residual as well as emergent ideologies of family are mediated and critiqued by contemporary arts and popular culture. This volume will be of interest to researchers and students of neo-Victorian studies, as well as scholars in contemporary literature and film studies, cultural studies and the history of the family. Situating the nineteenth-century family both as a site of debilitating trauma and the means of ethical resistance against multivalent forms of oppression, neo-Victorian texts display a fascinating proliferation of alternative family models, albeit overshadowed by the apparent recalcitrance of familial ideologies to the same historical changes neo-Victorianism reflects and seeks to promote within the cultural imaginary."
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Violence and Dystopia

Mimesis and Sacrifice in Contemporary Western Dystopian Narratives

Author: Daniel Cojocaru

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443883522

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 335

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Violence and Dystopia is a critical examination of imitative desire, scapegoating and sacrifice in selected contemporary Western dystopian narratives through the lens of René Girard’s mimetic theory. The first chapter offers an overview of the history of Western utopia/dystopia with a special emphasis on the problem of conflictive mimesis and scapegoating violence, and a critical introduction to Girard’s theory. The second chapter is devoted to J.G. Ballard’s seminal novel Crash (1973), Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club (1996) and Rant (2007), and Brad Anderson’s film The Machinist (2004). It is argued that the car crash functions as a metaphor for conflictive mimetic desire and leads to a quasi-sacrificial crisis as defined by Girard for archaic religion. The third chapter focuses on the psychogeographical writings of Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd. Walking the streets of London the pedestrian represents the excluded underside of the world of Ballardian speed. The walking subject is portrayed in terms of the expelled victim of Girardian theory. The fourth chapter considers violent crowds as portrayed by Ballard’s late fiction, the writings of Stewart Home, and David Peace’s GB84 (2004). In accordance with Girard’s hypothesis, the discussed narratives reveal the failure of scapegoat expulsion to restore peace to the potentially self-destructive violent crowds. The fifth chapter examines the post-apocalyptic environments resulting from failed scapegoat expulsion and mimetic conflict out of control, as portrayed in Sinclair’s Radon Daughters (1994), Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985) and Oryx and Crake (2003), and Will Self’s The Book of Dave (2006).
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Queer London

Von der Antike bis heute

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH

ISBN: 3641230845

Category: History

Page: 272

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Londons größter lebender Chronist über die »gay history« seiner Stadt Das römische Londinium war übersät mit »Wolfshöhlen«, Bordellen und heißen Bädern, in denen es hoch herging. Homosexualität galt als bewundernswert. Bis Kaiser Konstantin die Macht übernahm und mit seinen Mönchen und Missionaren für Ordnung sorgte. Zeiten der Toleranz wechselten mit Zeiten der Ächtung und Verfolgung. Heute gehört »queer London« zur britischen Hauptstadt wie Tower und Big Ben. Londons homosexuelle Szene ist die größte in Europa und eine der größten weltweit. Peter Ackroyd zeigt uns, wie seine Stadt sich diesen Platz erkämpft hat. Er zelebriert die Vielfältigkeit und Energie der Community, zeigt aber auch die Gefährdungen, denen sie zu allen Zeiten ausgesetzt war. »Ein absolut einzigartiges Leseerlebnis.« The Independent
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Books to Die For

The World's Greatest Mystery Writers on the World's Greatest Mystery Novels

Author: John Connolly,Declan Burke

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451696582

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 560

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The world’s most beloved mystery writers celebrate their favorite mystery novels in this gorgeously wrought collection, featuring essays by Michael Connelly, Kathy Reichs, Ian Rankin, and more. In the most ambitious anthology of its kind, the world’s leading mystery writers come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that reveal as much about the authors and their own work as they do about the books that they love, over a hundred authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Agatha Christie to Lee Child, from Edgar Allan Poe to P. D. James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Lord Peter Wimsey, Books to Die For brings together the best of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and for those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought…I want more!
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100 Must-read Historical Novels

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408136066

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Historical fiction is a hugely popular genre of fiction providing fictional accounts or dramatizations of historical figures or events. This latest guide in the highly successful Bloomsbury Must-Reads series depicts 100 of the finest novels published in this sector, with a further 500 recommendations. A wide range of classic works and key authors are covered: Peter Ackroyd, Margaret Attwood, Sarah Waters, Victor Hugo and Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few. If you want to expand your reading in this area, or gain a deeper understanding of the genre - this is the best place to start! Inside you'll find: - An extended Introduction to historical fiction - 100 titles highlighted A-Z by novel with 500 Read-on recommendations - Read-on-a-theme categories - Award winners and book club recommendations
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On Murder

Author: Thomas De Quincey

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191604755

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 240

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'For if once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination' Thomas De Quincey's three essays 'On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts' centre on the notorious career of the murderer John Williams, who in 1811 brutally killed seven people in London's East End. De Quincey's response to Williams's attacks turns morality on its head, celebrating and coolly dissecting the art of murder and its perfections. Ranging from gruesomely vivid reportage and brilliantly funny satiric high jinks to penetrating literary and aesthetic criticism, the essays had a remarkable impact on crime, terror, and detective fiction, as well as on the rise of nineteenth-century decadence. The volume also contains De Quincey's best-known piece of literary criticism, 'On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth', and his finest tale of terror, 'The Avenger', a disturbing exploration of violence, vigilantism, and religious persecution. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide

Discover Your Next Great Read

Author: Nick Rennison

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1408113953

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 544

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Deciding what to read next when you've just finished an unputdownable novel can be a daunting task. The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you on a rich journey through some the best literature to grace our shelves.
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Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel

From Leavis to Levinas

Author: Andrew Gibson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134638647

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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In Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel Andrew Gibson sets out to demonstrate that postmodern theory has actually made possible an ethical discourse around fiction. Each chapter elaborates and discusses a particular aspect of Levinas' thought and raises questions for that thought and its bearing on the novel. It also contains detailed analyses of particular texts. Part of the book's originality is its concentration on a range of modernist and postmodern novels which have seldom if ever served as the basis for a larger ethical theory of fiction. Postmodernity, Ethics and the Novel discusses among others the writings of Joseph Conrad, Henry James, Jane Austen, Samuel Beckett, Marcel Proust and Salman Rushdie.
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Die Abenteuerin

Author: Edgar Wallace

Publisher: nexx verlag gmbh

ISBN: 3958704492

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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Dieser Band ist eine Sammlung von vier Edgar Wallace-Kriminalgeschichten: • Die Abenteuerin • Der betrogene Betrüger • Die Privatsekretärin • Der Herr im dunkelblauen Anzug
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Das Wasserwerk

Roman

Author: E.L. Doctorow

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462315269

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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New York, 1871. Kriegsgewinnler und Neureiche geben nach dem siegreichen Bürgerkrieg im Leben der Stadt den Ton an. Industrie und Banken florieren, und die Stadt ist dabei, zu einer führenden Metropole in der Welt zu werden. In dieser brodelnden Atmosphäre des Aufbruchs schlägt sich Martin Pemberton mühsam als freier Journalist durch. Bis er eines Tages in einem Pferdeomnibus flüchtig eine Gruppe alter Männer sieht – unter ihnen auch seinen vor kurzem verstorbenen Vater. Ehe Martin auf der Suche nach dem mysteriösen Omnibus und seinen Insassen untertaucht und spurlos verschwindet, erzählt er noch McIlvaine, seinem Redakteur beim Telegram, von der gespenstischen Entdeckung. Auch McIlvaine läßt das Geheimnis keine Ruhe. Auf seiner rastlosen Suche nach den beiden Pembertons gerät er immer tiefer in die düstere Geschichte der Familie. Und schließlich entdeckt er bei seinen Nachforschungen zusammen mit einem New Yorker Polizisten ein stillgelegtes Wasserwerk, in dem der genialisch verrückte Arzt Dr. Sartorius seinen aberwitzigen Experimenten nachgeht.
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