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The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch: A Grotesque Tale of Horror [Paperback]

By Ladislav Klima & Carleton Bulkin (Translator)
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Kl'ma believed that philosophy cannot be limited to speaking or writing; it must be lived. This led him to embark on a lifelong pursuit of becoming God, which he equated with Absolute Will. Drawing his greatest inspiration from Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, he developed his conceps of will and radical subjectivism in numerous essays, aphorisms, prose works and plays. In Kl'ma's only full-length work of fiction, and his only work translated into English, a series of journal entries chronicles Prince Sternenhoch's descent into madness. The German empire's top aristocrat and the Kaiser's favorite, Sternenhoch become the "lowliest worm" at the hands of his wife, Helga, the Queen of Hells, yet eventually attains an ultimate state of bliss and salvation. Kl'ma explores here the paradoxical nature of pure spirituality with dark absurdist humor and comically grotesque, often obscene episodes.

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2008
Publisher   Twisted Spoon Press
ISBN  8086264335  
ISBN13  9788086264332  

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well executed  Dec 4, 2006
Yes the plot is very poe, and theres some nietzsche preachiness, but the novel is hilarious absurdist romp: like maldorer, and the ubu plays mixed with diary of my nervous illness and nervals more schizo musings. highly recommended.

skip Moravagine and read this instead.
required reading for those seeking to become god  Aug 18, 2006
"The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch," a story based on the Werther motif established by Goethe, is the only book by Czech author Ladislav Klima (1878-1928) currently translated into English. His completed works are available in a few languages, including French.

Reading Sternenhoch for the first time was an indescribable experience for me--it consumed my life--and yet I feared the book, often just staring at it, unable to open it. What other story is so diametrically hilarious and macabre? So evenly fantastic, suspenseful, imaginative, philosophical?

Maybe it was how alone I was at the time, or that I was listening to La Monte Young's "well tuned piano" night and day. It was probably all of these things at say nothing of the Daemoness...

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