By E. T. A. Hoffman. NATHANAEL TO LOTHAIR. I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, . The Sandman is coming, I can see.” And certainly on all these occasions I heard something with a heavy, slow step go bouncing up the stairs. That I thought. E.T.A. Hoffmann has to be one of my favourite authors and The Sandman is one of my favourite of Hoffmann’s stories, it is also the most famous.

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If we don’t sing well then, there is not much in us, as we shall learn from the delicate smile which plays on Clara’s lips, when we presume to pipe up before her with something intended to pass for a song, although it is only a confused jumble of notes. Una sera, sanddman la mamma lo sospinge fuori dalla stanza del padre per farlo andare a letto, si mette nel suo letto ed, aspetta che la madre vada via, e sgattaiola fuori dalla sua cameretta, apre la porta della stanza del padre e si nasconde in un armadio.

Weit seiner Zeit voraus Only, when Sigismund took leave of him, Nathaniel said: So ging es zumindest mir beim Lesen von E. A letter from Nathanael to Lothar, in which Nathanael declares that Coppola is not, after all, Coppelius: In the morning, when Clara was getting breakfast ready, he stood by her, reading out of all sorts th mystical books till she cried: A person that is, nevertheless, described as dull and mechanical.

This lasted for years, but I could not accustom myself to the terrible goblin; the image of the dreadful Sandman did not become any fainter.

It is the phantom of our own selves, the close relationship with which, and its deep operation on our mind, casts us into hell or transports us into heaven. Many years afterward, the narrator concludes, it is said that Clara was seen with a kind-looking man sitting before a country house with two lovely boys, and thus found the domestic happiness that Nathanael could never have provided.

So take, gentle reader, the three letters. The professor of poetry ee eloquence took a pinch of snuff, clapped the lid of his box to, cleared his throat, and said solemnly: Coppola was standing behind him: And what is his association with Professor Spalanzani? Being a little older now, I can also appreciate the horror aspects of the story a lot more.

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I have added the scans in a reasonably high definition so if you click on the picture you should be able to view the picture enlarged. The somewhat strange arch of her back and the wasp-like thinness of her waist seemed to be produced by too tight lacing.

Meine alte Deutschlehrerin liebte die Schwarze Romantik. Nathaniel dances again and again with Olympia and between dances they sit together while Spalanzani looks on, smiling at the couple.


If our minds, strengthened by a cheerful life, are resolute enough hogfmann recognize alien “If there is a dark power which malevolently and treacherously places a thread within us, with which to hold us and draw us down a perilous and pernicious path that we would never otherwise have set foot on – if there is such a power, then it must take the same form as we do, it must become our very self; for only in this way can we believe in it and give it the scope it requires to accomplish its secret task.

I had my eyes on it for a while my plan was to read in German back when I had to read some German novels; glad I didn’t read it back then though, because a I don’t know that much German sandmwn b I think it’s even better in English I can’t compare it though, but I mean that I understand it now more I think than when I read it in German.

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I’ve never read anything by E. Paperback83 pages. Sigismund, who had faithfully remained with his friend in his hour of hoffmann, now entered. He was, perhaps, busily engaged at his ordinary profession.

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

Klasse, ja geradezu von selbst: I read this rather no very creepy tale years ago, and while I truly enjoyed and above all appreciated E. Daily and hourly I think of you all; and the dear form of my lovely Clara passes before me in my dreams, smiling upon me with her bright eyes as she did when I was among you. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sanman last, driven thhe an irresistible impulse, I resolved to hide myself in my father’s room and await his appearance there.

Adesso si inserisce il punto di vista di Clara, che fa le sue riflessioni.

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Other formats are available music and random culture. The lawyers called it a hogfmann subtle deception, and the more culpable, inasmuch as he had planned it so artfully against the public hodfmann not a single soul – a few cunning students excepted – had detected it, although all now wished to play the wiseacre, and referred to various facts which had appeared to them suspicious.

Coppelius begins taking “shining masses” out of the fire and hammering them into face-like shapes without eyes. He was, however, obliged to leave the university, because Nathaniel’s story had created a sensation, and it was universally considered a quite unpardonable trick to smuggle a wooden doll into respectable tea-parties in place of a living person – for Olympia had been quite a success at tea-parties. I seemed to catch a glimpse of human faces lying around without any eyes – but with deep holes instead.

Nathaniel’s heart trembled within him, but remembering what Spalanzani had told him about his compatriot Coppola, and also the firm promise he had made to Clara with respect to the Sandman Coppelius, he felt ashamed of his childish fear and, collecting himself with all his might, said as softly and civilly as possible: Nathaniel felt as though a heavy and oppressive burden had been rolled away, as though by resisting the dark power that held him fast he had saved his whole being, which had been threatened with annihilation.


This is so many kinds of disturbing that nightmares are inevitable. If you do not want to know the plot then do not read all of the text. NO, by rights I should have read no farther, but should have handed over the letter to my brother.

In a letter to his friend Lothario, Nathaniel tells of a recent meeting with a barometer salesman, called Coppola, that has upset him. As soon as the spectacles were removed Nathaniel felt quite easy and, samdman of Clara, perceived that the hideous phantom was but the creature of his own mind, that this Coppola was an honest optician and could not possibly be the accursed double of Coppelius.

About the title story only The decline into madness was also interesting; I kept seeing the repetitive things Nathanael would say in the last page or two and his almost mechanical and involuntary actions and being reminded of Olimpia’s ‘words’ that never changed. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Lists with This Book.

Views Read Edit View history. Published by Insel Verlag first published January 19th For the first time sxndman could see the wondrous beauty in the shape of her face; only her eyes seemed to him singularly still and dead. But at that moment Coppola, whirling round with the strength of a giant, wrenched the figure from the professor’s hand, and then ghe him a tremendous blow with the object itself, which sent him reeling and tumbling backwards over the table, upon which stood vials, retorts, bottles and glass cylinders.

Often I sneaked from my room to the corridor when my mother had passed, but never could I discover anything; for the Sandman had always gone in at the door when I reached the place where I might have seen him. I darted into my father’s room; the door was open, a suffocating smoke rolled towards me, and the servant girl cried: For assuredly you were thinking of me most intently when, designing to send your last letter to my brother Lothaire, you directed it to me instead of to him.

Nevertheless, as he looked more keenly through the glass, it seemed to him as hfofmann moist moonbeams were rising in Olympia’s eyes. Hoffmann Science fiction horror novels.