Zothique

Zothique

Clark Ashton Smith Roberta Rambelli / Jan 20, 2021

Zothique Insieme con H P Lovecraft e R E Howard la figura di Clark Ashton Smith domina nel campo del fantastico americano nel periodo tra le due guerre mondiali Mai come nelle sue pagine il macabro e l orrori

  • Title: Zothique
  • Author: Clark Ashton Smith Roberta Rambelli
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  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Insieme con H P Lovecraft e R E Howard, la figura di Clark Ashton Smith domina nel campo del fantastico americano nel periodo tra le due guerre mondiali Mai come nelle sue pagine il macabro e l orrorifico sono saliti a sfiorare la poesia una poesia nera, che trova paralleli solo in autori come Baudelaire di cui Clark Ashton Smith fu eccellente traduttore in lingua iInsieme con H P Lovecraft e R E Howard, la figura di Clark Ashton Smith domina nel campo del fantastico americano nel periodo tra le due guerre mondiali Mai come nelle sue pagine il macabro e l orrorifico sono saliti a sfiorare la poesia una poesia nera, che trova paralleli solo in autori come Baudelaire di cui Clark Ashton Smith fu eccellente traduttore in lingua inglese.Presentiamo in questo volume i suoi racconti ambientati nell immaginario paese di Zothique, ultimo continente della Terra in un futuro remotissimo, quando il sole si affievolito, il mondo invecchiato e i mari hanno sommerso tutti gli altri continenti terrestri Da lunghe ere le scienze sono dimenticate sono rinate le arti della negromanzia e della magia Il risultato un mondo cupo, denso di antichi misteri, in cui sovrani decaduti ed eroi vagabondi cercano un ultimo fremito tra paesaggi bui, opponendosi a malefici e divinit aliene, sotto un sole nte.Ray Bradbury

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      • Clark Ashton Smith Roberta Rambelli

        Clark Ashton Smith was a poet, sculptor, painter and author of fantasy, horror and science fiction short stories It is for these stories, and his literary friendship with H P Lovecraft from 1922 until Lovecraft s death in 1937, that he is mainly remembered today With Lovecraft and Robert E Howard, also a friend and correspondent, Smith remains one of the most famous contributors to the pulp magazine Weird Tales.His writings are posted at his official website.


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    1. I've spoken before about the constant invention and reinvention of the 'Mystical East' in Western fiction, but by and large, the reason authors do this isn't to malign the East, or to produce propaganda--these are just the secondary results--indeed, it isn't really about the East at all, it's about the author and their own personal self-invention.It is the dark and coursing undercurrent of European perversity, sensuality, and violence which inspires these writers. It is an obsession with transgr [...]


    2. Dicen que es de sabios rectificar. Sabía que debía darle una nueva oportunidad a estos cuentos de Zothique de Clark Ashton Smith, y afortunadamente lo he hecho más pronto que tarde. Ahora que los he releído más pausada y detenidamente, puedo afirmar que ‘Zothique, el último continente’, es una absoluta obra maestra.Esta magnífica edición de Valdemar, contiene los dieciséis relatos ambientados en Zotique escritos por Smith, y publicados en su momento en la ya mítica Weird Tales, los [...]


    3. Zothique, ultimo continente rimasto sulla Terra, dove una qualche forma di vita riesce ancora a vivere. Le storie che vengono raccontate qui da Clark Ashton Smith, sono intrise di magia, reami decaduti, stirpi di nobili ormai disotterrati da una valanga di sabbia che non lascia scampo, Negromanti pronti a tutto per conquistare il potere assoluto, animali mostruosiClark Ashton Smith, autore americano, scrive, racconti fantasy/horror/weird, praticamente soltanto negli anni '30, insieme all'amico ( [...]


    4. A collection of Smith's Zothique stories.If you haven't read Clark Ashton Smith, very quickly: know that Smith was one of the great fantasists of the early 20th-century American pulp era, contemporary with his friends H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard. Like them Smith wrote weird tales, stories of mystery and horror, often in outlandish locales. Like Howard, some of his stories involve medieval-ish kings, swordsmen, magicians, etc. Like Lovecraft, Smith is fond of extreme vocabulary and arcan [...]


    5. A medida que avanzan los relatos se nota la mejoría en la calidad de los mismos y la maestría de CA Smith en esto de crear unos mundos obscenos, depravados y moribundos que creo yo, ningún autor antes o después se atrevió a tanto. Y digo esto porque el aire malsano y a la vez épico y hasta paranormal que se respira en cada página de esta obra no lo he visto en ninguna otra ni creo que lo veremos ya, es uno de esos clásicos únicos e irrepetibles de la literatura fantástica que hoy, grac [...]


    6. Such beautiful decadence. I've enjoyed a lot of Clark Ashton Smith, but this is the collection that has moved me to place him as the best of the Weird Tales Trinity (Lovecraft, Howard, and Smith). I wonder if part of why he is the least appreciated of the three is fallout from things like the content censorship like the comics code in the 50's. There's a lot of squidgy bits and a not-infrequent reference to necrophilia.Every word is carefully placed in these stories that rest between pulp horror [...]


    7. It feels wrong that Clark Ashton Smith's works are included in the Cthulhu Mythos just because he was friends with H.P. Lovecraft and was also published in the Weird Tales magazine. As much as I love H.P.L.'s stories after reading 'Zothique' by C.A.Smith it's easy to see that their works have nothing in common (EDIT: ok, ok, they set a similar atmosphere) But let's talk about the book itself, I simply loved it but since I'm in love with this kind of literature my opinion is probably not very par [...]


    8. Un mundo de muerteLa tierra Zothique esta plagada de desolación y oscuridad. Los relatos se desarrollan en estos lugares, acompañados de la desolación.Monstruos, zombis, magos oscuros Encontraremos todo esto. Y alguna que otra aventura que acaban en islas con sorpresas.Este libro tiene todos los ingredientes que a mi me gustan, pero no consigue el pleno. Pues a veces se me hace ardua la lectura al estar la narración bastante sobrecargada.


    9. This is the first book I've read that deals muchly with necromancy and dark fantasy. I can only say that I was quite hooked when I read the first story. A gloriously dark and entertainingly frightful read.


    10. Zothique, by Clark Ashton Smith, is typically lumped in with the Cthulhu Mythos along with its author, largely because Smtih was a regular correspondent of Lovecraft's. However, Zothique bears more in common with the Arabian Nights than dank, damp Cthulhu.From the Epilogue by Lin Carter we learn that Smith's Zothique cycle of stores, all published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales between 1932 and 1948, are set in Earth's distant future, where high technology is but a memory and magic has once ag [...]


    11. Zothique is probably my favorite of the settings Clark Ashton Smith used for his stories. The setting: The distant future; all of Earth's continents have merged together into a single supercontinent under an ember-like dying sun. The surviving human kingdoms are decadent and perverse; the deserts are dotted with genii- and lamiae-haunted ruins. Without Zothique, there would be no The Dying Earth and no The Shadow of the Torturer.Smith's prose is, as always, elegant and bejeweled.Favorite stories [...]


    12. Clark Ashton Smith was, in hindsight, one of the big names to come out of the 1930s Weird Tales (at the time neither he, Robert E. Howard or Lovecraft were as big as they've been since). These stories of the far future dying Earth where necromancers rule, everything is corrupt and decadent and dark magics intrude on human life are very stylish (Smith's prose is ornate and elegant) and rather on the dark side (a happy ending is where the villains die too). Well worth reading.


    13. Nice collection of the fantasy stories from this pulp era writer. While I am not a big Ashton Smith fan he has a very vivid imagination for plots, If you like H. P. Lovecraft you should like this writer as well. Recommended


    14. What words can do justice to the finest fantasy collection ever written? Zothique brings together the 16 short stories penned by Smith, set in the eponymous fantasy future continent.Smith accomplishes more in a few pages than lesser contemporary authors such as George Martin accomplish in a thousand.The sublimity of the language, combines with an imagination so fervent, as to literally transport the reader into a fantasy world of sorcery and demonism; both beautiful and nightmarish in scope. Eac [...]



    15. Confess I read this a long time ago, although given the publication date I must have been in my stroller at the time. Perhaps I should amend that to say I "tried" reading it. Smith has a great reputation among his fans and many say he is better than Lovecraft. (I strongly disagree, but that's a discussion for another time.) I do remember struggling through some extremely dense prose (denser than Lovecraft, if such a thing can be imagined) but when all was said and done I couldn't see the point o [...]


    16. After hving very much liked Hyperborea, I found Zothique to be very disappointing. The stories don't really have any plot to speak of. Pretty much every single story can be perfectly described as "a blank protagonist stumbles into a strange place, observes something weird happening without taking any actions or making any decisions, and then everyone is dead."I am hesistant to even call them stories. It's more like flowery descriptions without plot. Often very interesting descriptions, but not s [...]


    17. Zothique by Clark Ashton Smith is a wondrous collection of his stories. The book is very enjoyable for its multitude of stories hide all sorts of meanings mixing in with fluid characters and interesting plot plus world detail and descriptions that make the pages come alive. To top it off the stories are enjoyable if not quite good. A favorite character of mine might be mmatmuor on of the necromancers that we are first introduced to his outlook I find intriguing and his nature pleasant. In my opi [...]


    18. Siendo completamente subjetivo, este es uno de los mejores libros de fantasía que he podido leer, no solo por el tono oscuro de cada una de las historias, que no lo las hace grandiosas por ser simplemente oscuras sino que la narración es sublime haciendo que cada historia destaque por si misma, a la vez que todas se siente parte de un mismo mundo, uno donde nosotros mismos podriamos crear nuestras historias.


    19. “Múltiples y sutiles son las redes del Demonio que sigue a sus elegidos desde el nacimiento hasta la muerte y desde la muerte al nacimiento, a través de muchas vidas”Caigo rendido ante uno de los grandes del Círculo de Lovecraft, Hyperborea y Zothique imprescindibles de los mitos de Cthulhu.



    20. 4,5/5One of the best fantasy books I've ever read. Dark fantasy at its best. Amazing stories. Underrated writer.


    21. Tenía ganas de leer a Clark Ashton Smith en profundidad del cual ya había leído algún relato. Smith junto con H.P. Lovecraft y R.E. Howard formaba parte del grupo conocido como "los tres mosqueteros de Weird Tales" los cuales nutrieron las páginas de la popular revista pulp contribuyendo al auge de su era dorada. Alguien dijo una vez que Lovecraft escribía con la cabeza, Howard con las entrañas y Smith con el corazón, y de esto último puedo dar fe tras haber leído los 16 relatos que co [...]


    22. Given that Clark Ashton Smith’s ‘Zothique’ stories were a clear influence on Jack Vance’s ‘Dying Earth’ series, it seems a little churlish that Vance once referred to Smith as a ‘very bad’ writer. Vance was quite right, of course (perhaps he was tired of comparisons being made): Smith’s writing is a triumph of style over substance, and his capacity for characterisation is limited. And yet his style is so outrageously ornate that it often transcends what it is describing, and ch [...]


    23. The last Aeon of earthZothique is an odd collection of short stories set in the far, far, far future. The sun is a red ember in the sky and the remaining inhabitants of the earth eke out an existence among the buried remains of countless empires before them. The gods have died and only the gods of entropy and evil remain.You might have heard this before, but frankly this is the original. OH, technically The Night Lands, The Time Machine, even ERB's "Barsoom" technically started this genre - but [...]


    24. Sin lugar a dudas, Zothique, el último continente, es una obra maestra indiscutible de la fantasía de horror, si es que la tiranía de los géneros puede servir para anclar la obra. Como asiduo y amante de Lovecraft, me acerqué a esta magnificencia con muchas expectativas. No solo fueron colmadas sino sobrepasadas por un lenguaje tan poético que me deslumbraba. Clark Ashton Smith era, sin lugar a dudas, un eximio poeta y un excelente cuentista.A medida que leía los cuentos que comprenden es [...]


    25. Clark Ashton Smith is the most overlooked of the 1930s pulp authors of dark weird fiction, and his Zothique stories are indicative of how unjust that is. Don't think low quality because of the "pulp" designation, think little known master of beautiful, lapidary prose in eldritch, phantastical stories that saw original publication in outlets such as the famous Weird Tales. They're evocative of Poe, George Sterling and Lord Dunsany. This cycle of tales is available in some form today even if this [...]


    26. Clark Ashton Smith is a master of poetic and evocative language. His prose simply drip with over-indulgence. For those who like the language of a story to wash over them and submerge them into the mood of the author, these stories are just the thing. This is a great introduction to one of the supreme masters of the weird, horror, and fantasy of the twentieth century. Be warned though: keep a dictionary close at hand. I highly recommend this volume as a great introduction to the amazing works of [...]


    27. Great compilation. Stories tend to begin en media res and tend to end with a negative or absent "conclusion", but that is absolutely fine. Every story is an interested window into the strange, dying future world that is the continent Zothique. Some stories are much stronger than others, but that is to be expected as this compilation covers a wide range of time. Recommended if you love weird fantasy, Lovecraft, Howard, and other 30's-50s pulp/spec-fic/fantasy. A little hard if that isn't your gen [...]


    28. Estupendo libro de relatos de fantasía macabra. Las historias destacan por las poderosas imágines que son capaces de evocar, turbadoras y sangrientas en ocasiones pero también bellas. Los personajes no tienen demasiado peso y los argumentos no pasan de correctos, pero la atmósfera, las descripciones de brillante lenguaje en eso pocos llegan al nivel de Clark Ashton Smith.Recomendable. Si eres aficcionado a la fantasía y tienes un estómago fuerte, los perversos brujos del último continente [...]


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