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: 9243

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

View: 9101

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: 6913

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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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

View: 4531

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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Der Fall des Baumeisters

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3688105508

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 5419

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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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

View: 6977

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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Das Haus des Magiers

Roman

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442728596

Category:

Page: 375

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Die Schrift des Todes

Historischer Kriminalroman

Author: C.J. Sansom

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104034826

Category: Fiction

Page: 768

View: 6164

*** Platz 1 der englischen Bestsellerlisten *** Matthew Shardlake ermittelt in seinem sechsten Fall Tudor-London, Sommer 1546: Die Ära König Heinrichs VIII neigt sich ihrem Ende zu. Unerbittlich bekämpfen sich Katholiken und Protestanten, die Jagd auf Ketzer wird immer gnadenloser. In dieser aufgeheizten Situation wird Matthew Shardlake in den Palast der Königin gerufen. Er soll ein brisantes Buch wiederfinden, das sie verfasst hat und das aus ihren Gemächern gestohlen wurde. Der Inhalt dieses Werkes könnte sie aufs Schafott bringen. Doch bevor Shardlake und sein Gehilfe Jack Barak die Suche aufnehmen, wird in London ein Drucker tot aufgefunden. Bei ihm findet sich eine Seite des Buches.
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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

View: 1674

'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

View: 2061

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

View: 9721

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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Shakespeare

die Biographie

Author: Peter Ackroyd

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783442738496

Category:

Page: 654

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British Fiction of the 1990s

Author: Nick Bentley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113429249X

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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The 1990s proved to be a particularly rich and fascinating period for British fiction. This book presents a fresh perspective on the diverse writings that appeared over the decade, bringing together leading academics in the field. British Fiction of the 1990s: traces the concerns that emerged as central to 1990s fiction, in sections on millennial anxieties, identity politics, the relationship between the contemporary and the historical, and representations of contemporary space offers distinctive new readings of the most important novelists of the period, including Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, Pat Barker, Julian Barnes, A.S. Byatt, Hanif Kureishi, Ian McEwan, Iain Sinclair, Zadie Smith and Jeanette Winterson shows how British fiction engages with major cultural debates of the time, such as the concern with representing various identities and cultural groups, or theories of ‘the end of history’ discusses 1990s fiction in relation to broader literary and critical theories, including postmodernism, post-feminism and postcolonialism. Together the essays highlight the ways in which the writing of the 1990s represents a development of the themes and styles of the post-war novel generally, yet displays a range of characteristics distinct to the decade.
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British Fiction Today

Author: Rod Mengham,Philip Tew

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441181059

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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British Fiction Today provides students and readers with a critical introduction to key authors and novels since 1990 and provides the latest critical perspectives on current British fiction. It offers comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of a broad range of selected contemporary authors, drawing together both established and emerging literary voices reflecting the scope of the new British writing. The book is organised around common themes - Modern Lives, Contemporary Living; Dreamtime; States of Identity and Histories. Each section begins with a short introductory essay and ends with a guide to further reading. Introducing key works, writers and major themes including post-colonialism, pluralism, gender and history, this book is the ideal guide to British fiction today. Includes discussion of Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Jonathan Coe, Alan Hollinghurst, Peter Ackroyd, Jenny Diski, Ben Okri, Salman Rushdie, Toby Litt, Ian McEwan, Zadie Smith, Jeanetter Winterson, Pat Barker, A S Byatt, Adam Thorpe and Sarah Waters.
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Reading Historical Fiction

The Revenant and Remembered Past

Author: Kate Mitchell

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137291540

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

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This collection examines the intersection of historical recollection, strategies of representation, and reading practices in historical fiction from the eighteenth century to today. In shifting focus to the agency of the reader and taking a long historical view, the collection brings a new perspective to the field of historical representation.
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Thomas de Quincey

New Theoretical and Critical Directions

Author: Robert Morrison,Daniel Sanjiv Roberts

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415399637

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

View: 8048

The ongoing critical fascination with Thomas De Quincey and the burgeoning recognition of the centrality of his writings to the Romantic age and beyond necessitates a critical examination of De Quincey. In this spirit, ten of the top De Quincey scholars in the world have come together in this volume to engage directly with the immense amount of new information to be published on De Quincey in the past two decades. The book features wide-ranging and incisive assessments of De Quincey as essayist, addict, economist, subversive, biographer, autobiographer, aesthete, innovator, hedonist, and much else.
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