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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My father upon this raised his hands sandan supplication, crying: If you love short stories that deliver chills almost immediately, read it. They have crooked beaks like owls so that they can pick up the eyes of naughty human children. Silently and gloomily they slunk about.

‘The Sandman’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann | Intermittencies of the Mind

Book Jotter Reviews, news, features and all things books for passionate readers. Smart and thd, with a suitable marriage in his future. Heated by the dance and by the wine, of which he had freely partaken, Nathaniel had laid aside all his ordinary reserve. My year-old-self was disappointed because I sandmman wasn’t scared by the story. Hoffman this might be it. But how can I write to you in the distracted mood which has been disturbing my every thought!

After he emotionally reads this poem to her, she tells him to throw the insane poem into the fire. Remarkably modern-feeling in theme, probably because lately we’ve had quite a few writers harking back to this hoffmqnn of story. Coppelius and his father were involved in some alchemical experiments.


They have crooked beaks like owls so that they can pick up the eyes of naughty human children. His words were merged into one hideous roar like that of a brute, and in this insane dandman he was taken raging to the mad-house.

The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

Year End Review 5: Such a short but brilliant book. Original review posted here There is absolutely no reason for people to avoid s this story.

Nathaniel rushed in, overcome by the most inexpressible anguish. Refresh and try again.

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Now Coppola flung the figure across his shoulders, and with a frightful burst of shrill laughter dashed down the stairs, so fast that the feet of the figure, which dangled in the most hideous manner, rattled with a wooden sound on every step.

She urges Nathaniel to dismiss the fantastic thoughts from his mind. Weit seiner Zeit voraus This tale begins with three letters, but then it continuos through the eyes of a writer it’s strange yes, just read it and then he tells us what happens next. One side of it is that Hoffmann writes tales for adults. Jacques Offenbach ‘s The Tales of Hoffmann.

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Moreover, it had creaked audibly. However, Nathaniel was quite right, when he wrote to his friend Lothaire that the form of the repulsive barometer-dealer, Coppola, had had a most evil effect on his life. Annabookbel Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes — Never leave home without a book. Not till then did it strike Nathaniel that he had in his pocket the poem, which he had intended to read.


The awful business which he carried on at night with your father was no more than this: We find your Olympia quite uncanny, and prefer to have nothing to do with her. Quick as lightning, Lothaire caught his sister and drew her in, at the same moment striking the madman in the face with his clenched fist to such effect that he reeled and let go his prey.

My father silently and gloomily drew off his dressing gown, and both attired themselves in long black frocks. Intermittencies of the Mind An Unreliable Reader. So take, gentle reader, the three letters. Nathaniel and Clara both ascended the steps, the mother returned home with the servant, and Lothaire, who was not inclined to clamber up so many stairs, chose to remain below.

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. I joyfully opened the letter, and did not perceive my error till I came to the words: