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#1561 hobglobin

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:50 AM

something from Solzhenitsyn? I've not much idea in the moment...
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:58 AM

No... Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 09:43 AM

I'd start with la langue française...from one of Gaston Leroux' detective stories? :D
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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:24 PM

no, and now some clues:
The work is notable for its unusual narration style, social criticism, and features a female protagonist. Posted Image

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:45 PM

if it's DACH again, my first wild guess- Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina but this is more psychological then anything else....
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#1566 hobglobin

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

the only I know are either 19th century or English or both...Posted Image
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 12:58 PM

@Casandra: no...

It is indeed DACH, but take care you don't ruin your reputation by making wild guesses Posted Image (clue)

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1568 hobglobin

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:08 PM

Jelinek?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 01:15 PM

no, but they have in common that they are both literature Nobel laureates

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1570 casandra

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 07:26 PM

:P mainly bec of your last clue- is it from Boll's The Lost Honour of Katharine Blum...when she shot dead the tabloid reporter?
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- hobglobin, personal comment about my beauteous photo......

#1571 hobglobin

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:16 AM

yes good old Böll...forgot him...anyway that was a good guess....
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 03:49 AM

Yep, that's it ! It has got a somewhat documentary narration style, criticizes the sensational journalism of tabloid newspapers ("ZEITUNG" in reference to the German tabloid "BILD") and the quote is indeed from the scene where she shoots him at the end.

Your turn Casandra !

Il dort. Quoique le sort fût pour lui bien étrange,
Il vivait. Il mourut quand il n'eut plus son ange;
La chose simplement d'elle-même arriva,
Comme la nuit se fait lorsque le jour s'en va.

 


#1573 casandra

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:40 AM

ok this one's old...not english and very easy as usual...:lol:

'The splendid evil spirit stopped its negative wind in a hollow and changed itself into a girl with a face as round as the moon and as pretty as a flower.'
"Oh what a beauteousness!"
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#1574 hobglobin

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:44 AM

Sounds like a fairy tale or saga, something Russian?
One must presume that long and short arguments contribute to the same end. - Epicurus
...except casandra's that belong to the funniest, most interesting and imaginative (or over-imaginative?) ones, I suppose.

#1575 casandra

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 11:52 AM

yup..genre is correct (but with historical basis) and the origin is wrong...the attribution to the author has been questioned by scholars...:D
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