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Book Title: Andreas|
The author of the book: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Date of issue: 2000
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Hofmannsthal is a strange character: in some regards he seems very familiar, a belated fin-de-siecle author, with an austrian twist but when you look at his whole oeuvre he seems to be moving backward into history, or maybe sideways. Andreas is probably particularly strange within his corpus for the good reason that it is an unfinished novel. In many regards it gathers a number of those elements that are characteristic of the early fantastical/decadent period: a bourgeois character tormented by insecurities, uncanny resemblances, weird coincidence, whose true nature we are never quite sure about: projections, metaphore or real life, if there is even such a thing? The titular Andreas leaves his parents for his grand tour, but the Bildung quickly turns awry as he is pushed into hiring a man who progressively reveals himself to be a monster. He eventually reaches Venise where most of the remaining planned story take place, but we have for most of it only the author's notes.
This is interesting precisely because Hofmannsthal is such an indecisive and fleeting presence. We are granted the chance for our very own genetic analysis, and many of the ideas which would have been suitably obscure in the actual book are explained in straightforward terms, disenchanted in a sense, which renders clearly the whole depth of the Austrian's reflection.
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Read information about the authorHugo von Hofmannsthal (February 1, 1874 – July 15, 1929), was an Austrian novelist, librettist, poet, dramatist, narrator, and essayist.
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