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Opium and Other Stories (Writers from the Other Europe) Paperback – May 26, 1983
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Csáth's short stories are a mixture of the tragic, the absurd, the macabre and the fantastic. The author's mother died when he was a young child, leading evidently to a sense of betrayal that caused him to depict mothers as uncaring. Children are often the principal subjects of his stories, and they are typically angry and sadistic, wreaking violence and death on their pets, their siblings, and especially their mothers. In other stories young men are tantalized with the prospect of sexual pleasures, only to be thwarted by indifferent females, by their own inhibitions, or by waking at the wrong moment to find it was all a dream.
Csáth is not entirely misogynistic, however. In "Festal Slaughter" he presents a remarkably sensitive portrait of a servant girl who must rise in the freezing dawn to prepare for the slaughter of a sow by a visiting butcher. Along with her employer's family she works to exhaustion that day processing the carcass, making sausages, etc., only to be casually raped by the butcher before he leaves. She is just as much a piece of meat to her culture as the sow.
In the title story, "Opium," Csáth praises his favorite drug.Read more ›
These ditties are pictures and visions from Csath unearthly mind. 'The Red Esther' or 'Erna' - warm stories with the woman of his great, deep soul. The impossible points are in which you get being arrested, and get turned out to another line. To an innocent, life-made sudden end.
Csath's voice talks to you as your friend, slightly introduce you into this land and this is another thing what makes the whole thing so enchanting.
Book a seat for this beautiful journey.