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The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch: A Grotesque Romanetto by [Klima, Ladislav]

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A dark, diverting entertainment, certainly out of the ordinary ... [Klíma] was a decidedly odd bloke, a real character ... and he could write. -- The Complete Review, April, 2001

Given the power of Carleton Bulkin’s excellent translation ... The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch runs with gale-force intensity and speed. -- Tom Bowden, The Education Digest, January 2002

Klíma's tale reads like a book that Edgar Allan Poe might have written if he'd read Nietzsche ... -- Washington City Paper, April 13, 2001

The non-conformist work of Ladislav Klíma has almost always shocked, has often incited scandal, but has hardly ever left us indifferent. -- Vaclav Havel

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Philosopher, novelist, essayist, madman, no Czech writer has had a greater impact on underground culture than Ladislav Klíma (1878-1928). Mentor to artists as diverse as Bohumil Hrabal and the Plastic People of the Universe, Klíma's approach to philosophy was similar to that of the sages of ancient India: philosophy should not be limited to speaking or writing about it, it should be lived. Adopting Nietzsche as his paragon, he embarked on a lifelong pursuit to become God, or Absolute Will, and he developed his conception of radical subjectivism in numerous essays, aphorisms, prose works, and plays.

The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch is the apotheosis of Klíma's philosophy. In a series of journal entries, the novel chronicles the descent into madness of Prince Sternenhoch, the German Empire's foremost aristocrat and favorite of the Kaiser. Having become the "lowliest worm" at the hands of his deceased wife Helga, the Queen of Hells, Sternenhoch eventually attains an ultimate state of bliss and salvation through the most grotesque form of perversion. Klíma explores here the paradoxical nature of pure spirituality with a humor that is as darkly comical as it is obscene. This volume, the first of Klíma's work to appear in English translation, also includes his notorious screed "My Autobiography."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3412 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Twisted Spoon Press (9 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W0BTQ8
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