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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Now reconciled with Clara, Nathaniel returns to his studies. The story itself suited my taste in “creepy” books. No more of that, please.

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

Ein schauriges Must-Read Weit seiner Zeit voraus Thither Nathaniel decided to go, with his Clara, whom he now intended to marry, his mother and Lothaire. He did not perceive me, and I swiftly darted into the room and behind the curtain which covered an open cupboard close to the door, in which my father’s clothes were hanging.

He is a wicked man, who comes to goffmann when they won’t go to bed, and throws a handful of sand into their eyes, so that they start out bleeding from their heads. Professor Spalanzani appeared highly delighted at the intimacy between his daughter and Nathaniel.

Der Sandmann by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Clara points out a bush that seems to be striding towards them. He looked like Coppelius, whom I saw brandishing red-hot tongs, which he used to take glowing masses out of the thick smoke; which objects he afterwards hammered.

NO, by rights I should have read no farther, but should have handed over the letter to my brother. The Sandman really is one odd and off sally; or really two sallies, since the second half seems to have only a passing acquaintance with the first. Lists with This Book. Pale as death, he stared at Clara, soon streams of fire flashed and glared from his rolling eyes, he roared frightfully, like a hunted beast.


The steps sounded nearer and nearer – there was a strange coughing and scraping and murmuring without. Whereupon Coppelius answered with a shrill laugh: Your description of the repulsive Coppelius is terrifying. In her step and deportment there was something measured and stiff, which struck many as unpleasant, but it was ascribed to the constraint produced by the company. I am very sorry that in consequence of the error occasioned by my distracted state of mind, Clara broke open the letter intended for you, and read it.

Behold the Stars An Unreliable Reader. If you were to read only one story by E.

Filed under FictionHoffmann, E. In short, she sat for hours, looking straight into her lover’s eyes, without stirring, and her glance became more and more lively and animated Only when Nathaniel rose at last, and kissed her hand and her lips did she say, ‘Ah, ah!

The Sandman (short story)

Or should I dart at once, medias in res, with “‘Go to the devil,” cried the student Nathaniel with rage and horror in his wild looks, when the barometer-dealer, Giuseppe Coppola. With which he ran dandman Clara, deeply offended, shed bitter tears, and sobbed aloud: 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.

You will, indeed, know that a dark fatality has hung over my life a gloomy veil of clouds, which I shall perhaps only tear away in death. But how can I write to you in the distracted mood which has been disturbing my every thought! Nothing was more unbearable to Clara than tediousness; her looks and words expressed mental drowsiness which she could not overcome.

View all 3 comments. In a letter to his friend Lothario, Nathaniel tells of a recent meeting with a barometer salesman, called Coppola, that has upset him. Nathaniel’s productions were, indeed, very tedious. As he returned to his lodging, however, he perceived a great bustle in Spalanzani’s house. Books I want to share with you.

I must do so – that I plainly see – the mere thought of it sets me laughing like a madman. Almost unremittingly dark, its bleakness is only tempered, if at all, by occasional bursts of black humour. I learned for the first time the violent manner of your good old father’s death. For the quiet, scarcely suppressed laughter which arose among the young people in every corner was manifestly directed towards Olympia, whom they followed with very curious glances – one could not tell why.


But I now saw that it was no cupboard, but rather a black cavity in which there was a little fireplace. For the first time he could see the wondrous beauty in the shape of her face; only her eyes seemed to him singularly still and dead. When Nathanael screams and is discovered, Coppelius flings him to the hearth.

Olimpia era una bambola, caratterizzata dagli occhi che rimangono attenti. If our minds, strengthened by a cheerful life, are resolute enough to 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 sajdman 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.

Il racconto fantastico ha anche queste caratteristiche di orrore. From this it may be inferred that she at last found a quiet domestic ghe suitable to her serene and cheerful nature, a happiness which the morbid Nathaniel would never have given sandmab. Sigismund, strong as he was, was not able to master the mad Nathaniel, who kept crying out in a frightening sandmna