Tag Archives: Gustave Dore

sketches of spain: quixotic spirit of disillusion

The two Spains of Miguel de Cervantes and the context for Don Quixote which explains the schizophrenic nature of the character as a reflection of an imperial age coming to a dishonourable end… Charles V abdicated the Spanish throne in … Continue reading

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quixotic blends of madness

The two Spains of Don Quixote: the dark declining Spain of his adult years and the glorious chivalric land of his youth… …As each book is identified, they all remember it, discuss its merits, argue about its fate; and half … Continue reading

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don quixote: melancholy of make believe

Miguel de Cervantes, like his hero, stood with one foot in the dark declining Spain of his adult years and one in the glorious chivalric land of his youth… …Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are inseparable: they are the joint … Continue reading

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don quixote: unhinged in spain

Two Spains of Don Quixote. Cervantes, like his hero, stood with one foot in the dark declining Spain of his adult years and one in the glorious chivalric land of his youth…. The only good book in Spanish literature, said … Continue reading

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turgenev: fathers & sons & a smoke

Ivan Turgenev was Russia’s great emancipator of the serf. His method: Show what their lives were really like through his stories and novels… …Alexander II’s emancipation act of the serfs  of 1861 was the background for Ivan Turgenev’s next novel, … Continue reading

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dual diction

The massive, gossipy Journal of the Goncourt brothers is one of the longest, most absorbing, and perhaps the most enlightening diary in European literature. It is the brilliantly observed, vividly recorded details that make the essential merit of the Goncourt … Continue reading

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goncourt: red-hot scalpel

The bothers Goncourt, Edmond and Jules, were nobly born. They were rich. But they had the misfortune to be intelligent. Therefore, they were unhappy. They wanted to be famous; they longed to be eminent authors, princes in the realm of … Continue reading

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a river of time

Ancient Egyptians rejoiced in the thought that their country was without history. Their view of the world was static: the best life was one in which everything was always the same. The Nile rose, flooded and receded; the sun crossed … Continue reading

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crime is remarkably pragmatic

by Art Chantry ( art@artchantry.com) the dark sleazy underbelly of the victorian cultural era criminal is extremely well-chronicled in this old dog-eared paperback book (found in a thrift store for 50¢.) written by Kellow Chesney (great name, eh?), The Victorian … Continue reading

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black silver: brushes in shining armor

We heard it confirmed this week that Michael’s will be opening a dozen stores in Quebec over the next I imagine six to eight months, and they plan on predatory pricing for art supplies at 50% off, a kind of … Continue reading

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