The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman

The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman The novel is from the perspective of Desiderio a bureau member in the main city currently under attack by Dr Hoffman s desire machines With them Hoffman expands the dimensions of time space allowin

  • Title: The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman
  • Author: Angela Carter
  • ISBN: 9780140056518
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Paperback
  • The novel is from the perspective of Desiderio, a bureau member in the main city currently under attack by Dr Hoffman s desire machines With them, Hoffman expands the dimensions of time space, allowing mutating mirages to inhabit the same dimension as the living Desiderio, though indifferent to the apparitions, finds himself visited nightly by a glass woman, the manifestThe novel is from the perspective of Desiderio, a bureau member in the main city currently under attack by Dr Hoffman s desire machines With them, Hoffman expands the dimensions of time space, allowing mutating mirages to inhabit the same dimension as the living Desiderio, though indifferent to the apparitions, finds himself visited nightly by a glass woman, the manifestation of Albertina, Hoffman s daughter Desiderio s lover to be Unlike Desiderio, many people go crazy in response to the apparitions The city, severed from communication with the world, becomes a place of rampant insanity crime, causing a state of emergency Under the Minister of Determination s command, Desiderio goes undercover to assassinate Hoffman.

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    1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum says:

      Απολαυστικό και φαντασμαγορικό βιβλίο. Ανασυνθέτει με εξαιρετική μέθοδο γραφής και φανταστικής μεγαλοπρέπειας τη φύση μιας πολιορκημένης πολιτείας που γίνεται το βασίλειο του στιγμιαίου. Επιστημονική φαντασία που εμπλέκεται στον κόσμο των ονείρων με ένα τρόπο οργιαστι [...]

    2. Reason cannot produce the poetry disorder does. So be prepared to throw your rationality and causality expectations overboard as you embark on this literary journey through a 'dangerous wonderland', following the peregrinations of one young man named Desiderio who tries to put a stop to the reality altering attacks coming from the renegade and possibly mad scientist, Dr. Hoffman. As an added incentive, Desiderio is also chasing a personal chimaera, the beautiful daughter of Hoffman - Albertina. [...]

    3. Is This the Thrill of Metaphysics? "The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman" ("TIDM") is a picaresque metaphysical thriller that is both intellectually stimulating and hugely enjoyable.To the extent that it's philosophical, there's a risk that it might read like lecture notes. However, I never felt like I was being lectured to. The metaphysics was always absolutely integral to the plot, perhaps because it concerned the metaphysics of desire, and Carter's novel is primarily about desire. I [...]

    4. r now all changes would henceforth be, as they had been before, absolutely predictable.My ongoing class of philosophy hindered as much as helped my reception of this, for I am as familiar with Big Name's rhapsodizing on freedom and reality and metaphysical stuff as I am sick of their standardized tools of female objectification and other exotification. I will likely reread this further on so as to ensure as careful attention to throughout as, in this initial encounter, only came forward in the f [...]

    5. I'm baffled by the other reviewers calling this book "erotic" or "sexy." Yes, there's a lot of sex; but at least 90% of it is rape in one form or another, including some episodes of child rape. If you find this book sexy, there is something seriously wrong with you.This book reminded me of Burroughs'sJunky or Cohen'sBeautiful Losers, in that it is sexually explicit in a fantastical and determinedly grotesque and cruel way. I get the feeling that writers like Carter, Burroughs, and Cohen are tryi [...]

    6. Rather like Oblomov this is a circular novel with the narrator returning to the starting point. I had the feeling that this book is allegorical and I wondered whether it was about the construction of the self with the male and female leads representing the animus and the anima, in which case nothing really happens in terms of the exterior/outer/real world, the development and the journey would actually only be internal to the narrator.Thinking about the novel as a journey through the self leadin [...]

    7. Reading various of Carter's stories, essays, and novels since being dazzled by the visceral/conceptual density of The Passion of New Eve last fall, I'd enjoyed everything, but begun to despair of anything being so simultaneously compelling, fantastical, and symbolically loaded again. But fortunately this familiar-but-strange voyage across the haunted archetypal landscapes of desire could be even better. Angela Carter remaking classic stories is great, but forging her own from the detritus of cen [...]

    8. "DESEJO LOGO EXISTO""Tudo no mundo é mero acessório irrelevante de determinadas coisas simples. A derradeira simplicidade é o Amor. Ou seja, o Desejo. Que é gerado por quatro pernas na cama."Para quem:- é intolerante a descrições de violência;- tem pouco sentido de humor;- é puritano;- não consegue abstrair-se da realidade e mergulhar num mundo completamente louco e surreal;este livro será um Inferno.Para os outros, será um Paraíso."as aberrações mais monstruosas estão condenadas [...]

    9. Ако решите да четете ”Адските машини за желания на доктор Хофман” на Анджела Картър, бъдете подготвени, че в нея ще попаднете на всичко, което не си позволявате дори да ви хрумне. Това не е удобна и "приятна" книга. В никакъв случай не е леко, "фантастично" читаво, което те увл [...]

    10. If you are a fan of fantastic (i.e. surreal, fabulist), transgressive literature (think Lautreamont's "Maldoror," a work duly referenced here), this is a must-read. Though my copy is missing the final pages (!), I was bowled over by the first 216 I read. A feminist cross between Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Kobo Abe's Secret Rendezvous (all three feature anthropomorphized horses, by the way), those looking for something shocking, intelligent, and entertaining will find much to appreciate here. [...]

    11. i read the last few pages of this book sitting on my front porch drinking a beer. it was pretty nice out and i was determined to get through this book, the first chapter and last chapter were compelling enough but the six chapters between were a mindfuck that i would have rather not read. who wants to read about centaurs raping some lady? maybe some of the dan savage readers. maybe.but the thing i will remember most about this book was on the last two pages. these two neighbor kids came out of t [...]

    12. Ревюто е публикувано за пръв път в онлайн списание "ShadowDance".Адските машини за желания на доктор Хофман на Анджела Картър най-вероятно ще бъде една от най-добрите книги на родния пазар за тази година. И то не просто във фантастичния жанр, а изобщо на книжния пазар. Мога да си по [...]

    13. Warning: this book is not for the faint of heart. Warning (Pt. II): this book is not for the dull of wit. Well, I should rephrase. This is by no means a beach read, a rainy day read, a quick-n-easy read. As with most of Carter's work (well, all I've come across, anyhow), you'll likely scratch your head through most of the text, and hopefully come away with a dozen glittering nuggets of truth or beauty or profundity. "Infernal Desire Machines" is a heroic-quest narrative, though as with any Carte [...]

    14. It seems some editor thought War of Dreams is a better title for the Americas than The INFERNAL DESIRE MACHINES OF DOCTOR HOFFMAN which is the UK titleupid editor!! My copy says "WAR OF DREAMS" but I am choosing to ignore it. bleaaaI can't say enough about this great book. I could fill up a book bubbling over this thing, but I will pull my horses to make these simple hopefully coherent snorts.It's such a treat each sentance and every word. I rolled it over in my brain before digesting it. Let's [...]

    15. Relentless, bizarre image after bizarre image, sandwiched between descriptions of violent sexual acts, sprinkled with beauty and black humor. The writing was a heady combination of the formal and baroque. Truly unbelievable that such a variety of hideousness could be packed into so little space. Five stars for sheer audacity.

    16. In terms of popularity I am astonished at how undervalued Angela Carter seems to be. Apart from the secret life of academia, where Carter is rightfully or wrongfully regularly exorcised by excited students, she remains a mystery to much of the literary world. There are a few reasons why I think this: Carter's intelligence: which shines so bright it makes ordinary prose seem possibly devolved in comparison. Everything about her prose is erudite, esoteric, erotically intellectualised, so much so i [...]

    17. Well, that was something. Exactly what, I'm not really sure I could tell. Structurally, it was like a demented picaresque novel, though narratively, you just couldn't tell what would happen next. And yet, there was this underlying ennui, which after some contemplation, I think was actually a writerly feat exemplifying Desiderio's disillusioned way of looking at the world. Either that, or maybe that's Carter usual modus operandi, I'll see when I read something else of hers. A myriad references an [...]

    18. The tension between reason and passion in this book makes me feel like I'm being pelted by champagne snowballs while sitting in a hot tub of Mexican cocoa. Carter is a wicked, wanton wordsmith; a cerebral chanteuse of the silent opera that is a novel.It is bitterly difficult to find a decent copy of this book (in the US, at least). The fuzzy, fading print of the edition pictured may thwart all but the most devoted readers. But if you're of the party that considers the brain the most potent love [...]

    19. Angela Carter never fails to both impress and confuse. Her 1972 picaresque novel is a science-fiction tale of blind love, surrealism, and liberation from modern ideologies. Desiderio, a man without imagination, is sent on a mission to seek the sinister Doctor Hoffman, who with the help of his infernal machines, has broken the rules of reality and blended physics with the transcendental. Wrong is right, right is left, Nebulous Time develops its own infrastructure and ecosystem, and a selection of [...]

    20. In The Elegant Universe Brian Greene suggests string theory could harmonize quantum mechanics with Einstein's special relativity. This theory posits that besides the three spatial and one temporal dimensions of our accustomed existence, an additional seven infinitesimal dimensions are compressed throughout the universe.Thus, immense possibilities we can scarcely even conceptualize lie within each location and moment. Furthermore, some scientists also speculate that miniscule time dimensions may [...]

    21. This book is strange, unnerving in places, and sometimes a bit "out there" but I cannot emphasise enough how much I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Angela Carter's prose is like ice water tinkling over a crystal stream - it is sharp and enervating and makes you question everything you thought you ever knew about humanity.There is so much going on in this book - at face value it is a series of picaresque incidents which lead the hero, Desiderio "The Desired One", a man of lowly social status to sa [...]

    22. Трябваше ми втори преглед на този роман, за да си събера наблюденията от прочетеното. Само който е чел книгата знае колко трудно се говори за нея. Аз имах проблем с ревютата, които четях предварително - от нито едно от тях не ми стана ясно за какво по дяволите е тази книга.Дока [...]

    23. Beware the Hoffmann effect! I should've heeded. I got here through this apparently increasing monomania for E.T.A. Hoffmann and how he exists outside his works which is, in a word, multifariously. This book is rich with reference to his characters and biography, to the point where I'm not sure why Carter chopped the second "N" off his name because when you're working so deliberately from that source you might as well give the direct reference proper spelling.This is such a 70s surrealist novel-- [...]

    24. ATTN: Haruki MurakamiRead The Infernal Desire Machines of Doctor Hoffman. Take notes. Learn from it. That is how surreality is done.What a brilliant book. One of the best I've read. HIGHLY recommended to everyone who loves great prose and playing with the laws of reality.

    25. I'll admit, it took me a little while to get into this book given the strange mix of reality and illusion but once I did I really enjoyed it. Carter has created a world reflective of our own where the machines of Doctor Hoffman constantly create and show what we want and desire without it actually being real (sound familiar). Thrown into this is is the very real Desiderio who is unaffected by the illusions created by the machines don't effect him, instead he is tortured by his love and desire fo [...]

    26. I was both excited and terrified to read this book - I love subversive literature, but I'm not fond of reading about sexual assaults. I knew going in, from others who have read her work, that rape was a common occurrence in her books, so I simply braced myself. It wasn't as bad as I thought, because the surreality of the book lessened the visceral brutality of the assaults. As for the rest of the story, I was wavered between being really interested and pretty bored. I found the narrator rather t [...]

    27. I was recommended this after asking for something along the lines of Mervyn Peake's "Gormenghast", only written by a woman. And while I don't think this was an accurate comparison on the part of the employee, I'm glad he made the recommendation.This is a strange book. The plot involves a dream-making machine that is changing the fabric of reality, and a young man who ends up pursuing the elusive man who is behind it. What makes it weird is Carter's predilection for symbolism and strange sexual s [...]

    28. This quasi-philosophical science fiction with an erotic twist is a strange movel to say the least. But it is incredibly interesting, and very well written by Carter who has a very definite style.It's not the type of book one can breeze throughyou have to read and think about every word, and the possible subtexts, double meanings and allegories inherent in every section.It's challenging, but rewarding.

    29. This novel is a mix of fantasy, science fiction and what the author may have thought was eroticism. I found the fantasy too outrageous (she mixes several traditions, losing, I think, the power that one might have provided), the science fiction too fantastic and the eroticism completely uncompelling. Still, in a note from the time of reading the thing I find penned "sf novel--good", so it gets at least three stars.

    30. Doctor Hoffman aims to take over the world by dismantling time and implanting reality with surreality/ our desires made real. published the same year as Anti-Oedipus, hard to know if she's pulling from D&G's desiring machines or what, but the two are definitely linked. fantastic sequences include: oh i don't want to spoil itld, visionary, original, funny, dense, etc. hooray for angela carter!

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