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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloomy Sunday and Other Stories., 16 April 2010
This review is from: Giant Book of Strange but True (Paperback)
394 pages of this book contain 62 of different, interesting, strange and mysterious stories such as,
- Robin Hood (Who was the legendary outlaws?)
- Nostradamus (The man who saw tomorrow)
- Bruce Lee (Was the martial arts superstar murdered?)
- The Man In The Iron Mask (The legendary prisoner who could not show his face)
- Jack The Ripper (The killer who became a legend)
- The Xinjiang Mummies (The riddle of China's 4750 year old Caucasian Corpses)
- The Atlanteans (Did the legendary island of Atlantis really exist?)
- William Shakespeare (Who was the Bard of Stratford)
- Adolf Hitler (Was the führer black magician?)
- Vampires (Is there any truth behind the tales of the undead)
- Green Children (A strange tale from the middles ages)
- The Men In Black (The shadowy visitors who stalk UFO witnesses)

And one of them stories was - Rezso Seress (The song that could kill).
Sombre Dimanche, Triste Domingo, Trauriger Sonntag, Szomoru Vasarnap or Gloomy Sunday, I'm heavily obsessed with the name. Any name says it, I just grab it. I just wanna find out what's the truth in the story. The story that has stuck in my mind since schooldays when a classmate mentioned that there was a song called Gloomy Sunday and whoever listened to it committed suicide. Since the invention of internet and google, was I able to find little more information.

Not evidence but urban legend has it that in Hungary the year 1933, a struggling composer and pianist named 'Rezso Seress' composed/wrote a song called Szomoru Vasarnap in his native language after his girlfriend left him. With the help of poet Lazslo Javor, the lyrics was improvised and despite refusals by record companies for having such depressing lyrics and melancholic music, it reached the public. As the song started to associate with several suicides it was banned. In 1936, American lyricists Desmond Carter and Sam M. Lewis translated in English in their own versions and called it Gloomy Sunday. And singers like Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday sang it. Don't know if the English version was also a killer song. The song gained so much popularity that since then it has been translated in many languages and 100s of artists around the world have recorded in their own versions

The information is all what's in the internet. I want the evidence. The German movie 'Gloomy Sunday' (aka 'Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod') is an imaginary story based on true story directed by Rolf Schübel. Another Hungarian book called 'Szomoru Vasarnap' is again imaginary drama based on true story written by Peter Muller. Other books 'Copycat Effect' by Loren Coleman and 'Dark Delicacies' by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb also mentioned about Gloomy Sunday in brief. 'The Giant Book Of Strange But True - Mysterious And Bizarre People' is the only book that the story exists in 3 pages. It's the only reason for which I possess the book. Reading the book I was also amazed by other stories. They are also interesting as this one.
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