A Vaudeville of Devils

A Vaudeville of Devils From the acclaimed author of Madeleine s Ghost and Vaporetto comes a mesmerizing collection of seven novellas and stories that explore through the lives of a variety of extraordinary and ordinary

  • Title: A Vaudeville of Devils
  • Author: Robert Girardi
  • ISBN: 9780385333986
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the acclaimed author of Madeleine s Ghost and Vaporetto 13 comes a mesmerizing collection of seven novellas and stories that explore, through the lives of a variety of extraordinary and ordinary characters, our many moral quandaries.Meet Hans Otto Graebner as he lingers in the beach resort of Ostend, on the North Sea Soon this haggard SS officer will be dispatched toFrom the acclaimed author of Madeleine s Ghost and Vaporetto 13 comes a mesmerizing collection of seven novellas and stories that explore, through the lives of a variety of extraordinary and ordinary characters, our many moral quandaries.Meet Hans Otto Graebner as he lingers in the beach resort of Ostend, on the North Sea Soon this haggard SS officer will be dispatched to perform the menial but necessary task of locating and assassinating a degenerate Belgian painter.Join The Dinner Party, where a man stands adrift in a distinctly Borgesian universe, somewhere at the end of time It could be the Apocalypse or some ghoulish carnival He s attending a feast at an anonymous mansion while the fall of Babylon is acted out around him, and he struggles to hold on to the faint remnants of his conscience while the world goes up in flames.Turn to a search for The Primordial Face, in which two expatriates, one of them mute, go diving for a mythological treasure at the bottom of the sea and wind up competing for the love of the obsessive expedition leader s young daughter.And spend Sunday Evenings at Contessa Pasquali s, where a man and a woman torture each other with indifference and affection and find that love can be born of terrible schemes With this volume, Robert Girardi illustrates a world that is both beautifully alluring and brilliantly sinister, where souls are lost and won on the simple weight of everyday decisions Rich with history and irony, vastly entertaining and told in the timeless style of tales, fables, and myths, these meditations on morality remind us of the eternal human condition.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. A Vaudeville of Devils is an evocative short horror story collection, featuring numerous original and imaginative scenarios. A couple of the stories were rather unmemorable and didn't make much sense, but otherwise I really liked it.

    2. You should probably read this book.No, I take that back: you most certainly should read this book. If for no other reason than for a story which appears about halfway through the collection titled The Defenestration of Aba Sid. Not that most of the other stories in this book aren't very, very good. They are. They are weird and lovely and beautifully written, each with a subtly distinct style, and with great care for both language and detail.Now sit down and hold on to something because I'm about [...]

    3. Girardi does an excellent job of creating the scenes in his period piece shorts. He chooses the perfect words and seems to have an in depth knowledge of what he's writing about, from diving to Italian history.One thing that should really be noted is that the sub-title of this story collection is, 7 Moral Tales. What Girardi does is create these vignettes of the world to philosophize on the ambiguity of morality. But that is also the problem. A firm and compelling story can not be an ambiguous on [...]

    4. I remember reading bits of this book aloud to some friends on a summer road trip.One of those friends remembered that I liked the author a lot, and as it happened, we both worked at the same bookstore. So when Girardi came in to sign whatever we had of his in stock, my friend called me up to the front for a totally bogus reason, so she could surprise me.Robert Girardi was super-friendly and totally pleased that I liked his writing so much. He signed a copy of this book for me, and we chatted for [...]

    5. Very nice. Very good writer, and interesting stories with some real stand-out moments. That said, it seemed to be the least well recieved of his books, judging from the reviews, so I am looking forward to reading more by Girardi. Not fantasy either, although it includes a story about the world being consumed in green fire by immortal beings in a weird ritual (admittedly, the weakest of the bunch). The ones about the Russian mafioso, the Italian Countess, and the Nazi art critic were the stand ou [...]

    6. (The following is an excerpt from my review that appeared in "Bookworld" in The Washington Post in May 1999):Carnival of Lost SoulsThe subtitle and the introductory quote from Isak Dinesen's "The Old Chevalier" in Robert Girardi's latest book, A Vaudeville of Devils, invite comparison to Dinesen's Seven Gothic Tales. This bold move fills the reader with greedy anticipation as the first of Girardi's tales, "The Demons Tormenting Untersturmfuehrer Hans Otto Graebner," unfolds. Note, please: These [...]

    7. One of my favorite modern writers, this books is my top recommendations of his books. Short stories all about humanity and it's hidden devils.

    8. This is a great one! Everyone in the group enjoyed it – good stories, exciting plot twists, each of the seven tales unique.

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