Märchen❰EPUB❯ ✼ Märchen Author E.T.A. Hoffmann – Bluevapours.co.uk This selection of Hoffmann's finest short stories vividly demonstrates his intense imagination and preoccupation with the supernatural placing him at the forefront of both surrealism and the modern ho This selection of Hoffmann's finest short stories vividly demonstrates his intense imagination and preoccupation with the supernatural placing him at the forefront of both surrealism and the modern horror genre Suspense dominates tales such as Mademoiselle de Scudery in which an apprentice goldsmith and a female novelist find themselves caught up in a series of jewel thefts and murders In the sinister Sandman a young man's sanity is tormented by fears about a mysterious chemist while in The Choosing of a Bride a greedy father preys on the weaknesses of his daughter's suitors Master of the bizarre Hoffman creates a sinister and unsettling world combining love and madness black humour and bewildering illusion.

Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann better known by his pen name E T A Hoffmann Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror a jurist composer music critic draftsman and caricaturist His stories form the basis of Jacues Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann in which Hoffman appears heavily fictionalized as the hero He is also the author of.

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  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Märchen
  • E.T.A. Hoffmann
  • English
  • 08 December 2014
  • 9780140443929

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  1. Bill Kerwin says:

    Have you ever finished with mitigated pleasure a big fat anthology of an author's works only to realize that you would have experienced unreserved delight if the book had been a good deal shorter?Thats how I feel about the Penguin Classics selection of the Tales of Hoffman It is an excellent value if you like buying in bulk but a slimmer volume—say about half this length—would have been even betterHoffman flourished a full generation before Poe and his tales gleam as darkly as do those of the later American master In fact there are two particular ualities in which Hoffman surpasses Poe in the delineation of characters like Counsellor Krespel—whose very eccentricities are unsettling in themselves and in the construction of plots which may change with hallucinatory abruptness as when in “The Sandman” a door suddenly opens in the middle of a fireplace but which nonetheless seem ruled by some inner logic Such dreamlike effects I believe were almost uniue to Hoffmann for almost hundred years Meyrink I think learned a good deal from him and then fifty years after Meyrink Thomas Ligotti made such Hoffmannesue characteristics his own What Hoffmann's fictions seldom possessed however is the uality Poe praised in Hawthorne's Twice Told Tales and practiced in his own short stories—the “unity of effect” Hoffmann's tales—as old tales are wont to do—serve up an embarrassing wealth of unilluminative detail and often meander away from any descernible plot Indeed it often seems that Hoffman's tales are only well constructed and focused when his obsessions intervene and construct the narrative for himLuckily for us ETA “Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann is never very far from his obsessions Like his father—from whom he was estranged—Ernst was a man educated in the law who was also drawn to the arts particularly music Unfortunately although he had a few musical successes—his opera Undine for example he was popular as a writer of fiction Still unfortunately even with semi successful careers in two different artistic disciplines he was often forced to “keep the day job” practicing the law to support his family The tension between art and work art and love art and artifice and art as a calling and art as a business are continual themes in his workHalf of this book consists of tales that articulate and develop these themes Mademoiselle de Scudery a mad jeweller who must possess all his works The Sandman an unstable student obsessed with a beautiful robot The Artusof a businessman turned painter and a beautiful model Councillor Krespel a beautiful soprano and her Svengali fatherand The Mines at Falun a miner torn between a real woman and the spirit of the jewels he mines Each of these tales is excellent rich in theme and full of narrative surpisesThe other tales however—which interestingly enough are less focused on Hoffmann's central themes—are long labored and complicated narratives which fail to keep the reader's attention Take my advice read the best five tales and leave the other three to the specialists

  2. E. G. says:

    Introduction Mademoiselle de Scudery The Sandman The Artushof Councillor Krespel The Entail Doge and Dogaressa The Mines at Falun The Choosing of the Bride Further Reading

  3. Issicratea says:

    E T A Hoffmann where have you been all my life? I can’t uite believe I haven’t read this author before; he’s so much part of all kinds of literary traditions I’m interested in from the birth of historical fiction he’s contemporary with Scott to the whole fantasticproto psychoanalytic vein of nineteenth century fiction from Mary Shelley through Poe to The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and The Picture of Dorian Gray I was uite disappointed when I finished to return to my own boring life where I never seem to encounter mysterious strangers who may or may not have lived two hundred years ago and who mutate into horrific fox masks in the middle of a conversation Maybe I should take drugsI read the selection of the stories in the Penguin Classics edition of which later “Mademoiselle de Scudéry” “The Sandman”; “The Artushof”; “Councillor Krespel”; “The Entail”; “Doge and Dogaressa”; “The Mines at Falun”; “The Choosing of the Bride” All contain an element of the supernatural or as Freud noted in the case of “The Sandman” the “uncanny” and most feature transactions across time hauntings revisitations real or apparent reincarnations There’s a lot of falling instantly and indelibly in love—generally though not always with tragic outcomes—and uite a lot about the power of art and music Hoffmann’s other two arts So far so RomanticGothic; yet these features are combined in Hoffmann with an irony and a sense of the absurd that I found much unexpected The combination is very distinctive Although I enjoyed the whole collection two stories stood out for me “The Sandman” and “Mademoiselle de Scudéry” I can’t think I’ve ever read a better short story than “The Sandman”; it’s a complete tour de force of ambiguity and the living definition of a classic in Calvino’s brilliant formula a book that has never exhausted what it has to say I skimmed through some of the secondary literature after finishing it and wasn’t at all surprised that it has provoked wildly differing interpretations It starts mildly then drags you very rapidly into a sinister vortex in which there seems no way of establishing what it “really” going on And it’s extraordinarily conceptually dense in the manner of the best philosophical fables“Mlle de Scudéry” is a very different beast—much lighter despite a few hocus pocus elements and murders than you can count It’s one of the oddest ideas for a story I have ever come across—the romance author Madeleine de Scudéry in her seventies as a kind of seventeenth century Miss Marple with a bit part appearance from Louis XIV set in the aftermath of the real life “Affair of the Poisons” when several dozen people were executed as poisonersalchemistswitches etc a real case of life emulating fiction of a fairly preposterous variety Interestingly I read that the German literary critical tradition sees this story reasonably enough as the earliest detective fiction whereas the English language tradition tends to trace the genre back only to Poe writing around twenty years later I found an interesting article online Anita McChesney “The Female Poetics of Crime in ETA Hoffmann’s ‘Mademoiselle Scuderi’” Women in German Yearbook 24 2008 arguing that the English language genealogy of detective fiction had the effect of over emphasizing logic as the key trait of the detective whereas Hoffmann’s tale foregrounds “female encoded ualities such as intuition compassion and imagination” One could eually note that those ualities are the ualities of the Romantic author male or female along with elouence and a mastery of melodrama and affect—ualities which Mlle de Scudéry exploits brilliantly at a key point in the story I saw her as an authorial figure A word of advice to anyone thinking of buying the Penguin Classics version of these tales—don’t It dates from 1982 but the introduction could easily have been written in 1882 and it’s criminally thin; it contains no critical analysis or discussion of context but is simply a brief account of the author’s life There are no notes And the translator a certain RJ Hollingdale admits to having done some “editorializing” during translation to improve the rhythms of the original which he thinks a little slow for the modern English reader Extraordinary For a series that presents itself as scholarly—and generally is—this really lets the side down

  4. Sharon Barrow Wilfong says:

    This is not exactly the edition I read Mine is a hardcover and was published in 1943 It starts with an introductory essay by Arthur Ransome followed by a prologue by the illustrator Hugo Steiner Prag Various people translated the different stories The tales in my edition include1 The Sandman2 The Mindes of Falun3 Councillor Krespel4 Don Juan5 The Mystery of the Deserted House6 The Vow7 Mademoiselle de Scudery8 The Entail9 The Uncanny Guest10 Gambler's Luckand finally notes on each storyMany of us are familiar with the stories of Hoffmann because so much classical music and especially ballets have been based on his stories They are fantastical dealing always with beautiful women pure and good and men sometimes good sometimes evil but always smitten by the beautiful womenSometimes the evil men become good for the sake of the woman Many of the tales are supernatural and all of them have some sort of moral There is a certain amount of suspense in each as the reader wonders how the story is going to develop and resolve These stories were also written in a bygone time Today we would find the style uaint and a bit melodramatic but that does not mean they cannot hold our interestIf you are interested in the original stories that so much music was inspired by it would behoove you to read Hoffmann's stories

  5. Maia says:

    The first time I read Hoffman's short stories was in art school where our main professor's most obsessive obsession was German Expressionism which I love a natural extension of German Romanticism which I also love They were a total revelation especially because than say English language Gothic writing a la Edgard Allan Poe all which I also love we were all blown away by the 'depth' of psychological insight Sometimes it was almost uncanny as if Hoffman's writing leaned literally close the nerve Billed as 'fantasy' and 'horror' these stories actually are in line with themselves crossing over into early 20th Century surrealism It's easy to see how he influenced so many luminaries of other artistic forms such as ballet creators or HitchcockNow rereading and continuing to read each and every one of his short stories and IN Germany I notice things I missed 20 years ago Like the similarities with for example Freud and even Kant And the intense connection to that infamous and always present German 'Angst' 'The Sandman' is of course a masterpiece but I think my favorite is 'Doge and Dogaressa' These stories have bite and need to be read than once which I plan to do But I think I will try next one of his novels see how he blends his sarcastic viewpoint in a long form

  6. Veronique says:

    Having just read Jackson’s ’The Lottery’ her skill at unsettling the reader made me want to re visit Hoffmann’s tales especially two of them I remember being surprised by these short stories especially the supernatural element which I wasn’t expecting The whole collection in fact is excellent but I’ll concentrate only on the two that really ‘impressed’ me ’The Sandman’ is a mythical figure that keeps appearing in various iterations from songs to Gaiman’s cult comics series and when I found that Hoffmann had written the original tale I was intrigued It is made up of three letters and an unknown narrator who provides the rest of the story to its denouement as well as background info Nathaniel struggles from post traumatic stress caused by an episode with the sandman in his youth The ‘facts' allow various interpretations the ambiguity making the reader able to choose whether to believe or not in Nathaniel’s experience Was is reality or hallucination? Is he paranoiac or under real threat? Interestingly while Nathaniel believes there is a dark power controlling him his love interest Clara uses logic against stereotype She wisely sees all this as a psychological problem making her the embodiment of the Enlightenment perspective while Nathaniel represents the Romantics This is a weird unsettling but great tale It starts with the folklore character of the sandman who is said to throw sand in the eyes of children to help them fall asleep It follows on with horror the inconstancy of love and even an automaton faking a real person commenting on what women were supposed to be social expectations so little in fact that a ‘robot' could be the ‘perfect’ woman Throughout the narration Eyes are a very important element in the characters automaton everywhere Moreover all is seen through Nathaniel’s eyes which may or may not be seeing reality This is what lead Freud to interpret it in is famous 1919 essay 'The Uncanny' 'Mademoiselle de Scudery' couldn’t be different This novella is often referred as the first instance of a detective story one that could have influenced Edgar Allan Poe in his writing of ’Murder in rue Morgue’ The story is set in Paris in the 1860s during the famous ‘Affaires des Poisons’ Mademoisselle de Scudery is about seventy years old and part of the court although not rich She is allowed to write as an author but not in ownership of any riches In this way through her social position and age she seems to be able to have a certain freedom Throughout the tale she mostly listens not investigate the various versions of the facts from different protagonists This differs from the 'usual detective rules’ 1 clues that seem to indicate one thing when in fact they mean something else 2 a suspect of a murder who turns out not to be the culprit 3 unlikely investigator who deducts what is going on This story ticks the first two points but not the last one Additionally there really was a Miss de Scudery who lived in the French court wrote under the nom de plum Sapho and was a kind of pre Bluestoking meaning that Hoffmann checked his facts Another interesting point is how the author seemed to be obsessed by dissociation characters leading double lives or having dual personalities and which appear in many of his stories view spoiler for instance the character of Cadillac one side the famous jeweller the other the serial killer It also gave name to the ‘Cadillac Syndrome’ or the pathological difficulty or inability of an artist to separate himself from his work hide spoiler

  7. Bruce says:

    The rather long introduction to this book provides useful biographical information Hoffman was a German Romantic having lived from 1776 1822 insights into Hoffman’s psychology and specific comments about the tales contained in this volume There are seven of Hoffman’s stories contained herein“Ritter Gluck” has a flavor of magical realism; it is certainly a fantasy with a febrile uality“The Golden Pot” is dreamlike and phantasmagoric; the distinctions between reality and fantasy are blurred leading the reader through labyrinthine images that shift and slide inviting multiple interpretations People and objects metamorphose changing continually as in dreams creating a kaleidoscopic mood and atmosphere reminiscent of the writings of Kafka There are also elements of fable contained here; typical challenges and dilemmas are set up the reader knowing that the hero will fall into traps from which he must be extricated The margin between everyday life and dream world becomes increasingly blurred and the reader sometimes has difficulty distinguishing one from another The tale culminates with a vision of Atlantis an Edenic setting wherein nature is euated with poetry Marvelous“The Sandman” is a story in which the sudden shift in perspective from the writer of the opening letters to that of a different narrator is disconcerting Nathanael is besotted with the automaton Olympia who is obviously not human at all someone who is merely a mirror for whatever Nathanael chooses to project on her; he seems unable to understand or accept Klara who is fully aware loving and skeptical Eventually haunted and pursued by the murderer of his father Nathanael descends into madness and suicide It is an odd and griping story“Councillor Krespel” is less of a fantasy than a fairytale like story of fatal emotions of the conseuences of excessive desires and selfishness“The Mines of Falun” is a tale of bewitchment and tragedy of insatiable longing and inevitable doom “Mademoiselle de Scuderi” is an enigma Is this a very early detective story? If so it certainly has an unusual number of seuential subplots But who exactly is the detective? Desgrais? Mademoisel le de Scuderi? What a convoluted plot Halfway through the tale I could not even recall some of the early subplots many of which seemed unrelated to the events now being related; but in the end all was convincing resolved the story reminding me of those by Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle Very nice indeed“The Doubles” is a clever extended variation on the perennially fascinating doppelgänger themeThe Tales are uniue and delightful imaginative and well written a notable addition to the genre of fantasy literature

  8. DeAnna Knippling says:

    Magic coincidence and serial killers oh my The author of The Nutcracker has some classic Gothic tales to tellAn excellent collection

  9. El says:

    Reviewing the stories as I goMademoiselle de Scudery Ah I have to say that this story may have turned me off from reading Hoffmann if I weren't so committed The story is okay Only okay at best It had moments that gave me a little flutter of anticipation but then I was let down Not a good first story for a collection but the second story The Sandman is already rocking my brainThe Sandman This story was pretty much perfect Hoffmann was most certainly of the Romantic Era as evidenced by some of the obnoxious reactions of the characters But the story is freak tastic and the words lov ely occe is sufficiently disturbing to me And for those of you keeping track there's even a duelHe ran to Nathaniel in harsh words he reporached him for his senseless behavior towards his beloved sister and Nathaniel provoked replied in kind Lothario called Nathaniel a crazy fantastical coxcomb; Nathaniel retaliated by calling Lothario a wretched commonplace fellow A duel was unavoidable in accordance with the academic custom there obtaining they resolved to meet one another the following morning behind the garden with sharpened foilsWho knew that calling someone a commonplace fellow could be fightin' words? I've called some people worse I guess I should be happy to be alive and unblemished from any sharpened foilsAnd I totally failed at updating every time I finished a story Suck itThe whole thing is okay but some stories are definitely better than others The Sandman is my favorite but The Entail and The Mines at Falun were fun as well The last story The Choosing of the Bride was pretty great too with lots of references to The Merchant of Venice And in this last story there's a somewhat premonition to the Kindle Or so I like to say view spoiler You now see the goldsmith said that through the book you found in the casket you have acuired the amplest completest library anyone has ever possessed and one over that you can carry about with you constantly For if you have this remarkable book in your pocket whenever you take it out it will become whatever work you desire to read hide spoiler

  10. Czarny Pies says:

    Anyone who has seen the opera Tales of Hoffman or the ballets Coppelia and Nutcracker must be aware of the enormous influence that ETA Hoffman had on European culture throughout most of the nineteenth century Read this book then to enjoy first hand the writings that inspired so much that was to comeRead this review to find out about the enormous role that ETA Hoffman played in the emancipation of Europe's Jews From Norman Davies' Europe A History p 169Prior to the Napoleonic wars must Jews lived in Russia or Poland where they were governed by their own courts and paid their taxes to their Rabbis who then remitted the payments to the Tsarist or Polish authorities Under this system the Jews did not have names written in Latin Characters When Napoleon conuered Eastern Europe he decided to emancipate the Jews This meant a they became citizens; b for the first time ever they acuired the privilege to do military service and c they received names in Latin characters From 1795 to 1806 the Jewish community of Warsaw found itself at the mercy of ETA Hoffmann then chief administrator of the city who handed out surnames according to his fancy The lucky ones came away with Apfelbaum Himmelfarb or Vogelsang the less fortunate with Fischbein Hosenduft or KatzenellenbogenOther notorious names from the Hoffman repertory include Gurkensalat Goldfinger and Seltsamliebe

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