And yet, there it is, Jeremias Gotthelf’s “The Black Spider” (or, as it was titled in its original German, “Die schwarze Spinne”), holding pride of place in Jones. The Black Spider. by Jeremias Gotthelf. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. NYRB Classics, I picked up The Black Spider because of its. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf.

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I’ve written up my thoughts here ; feel free to go take a look there at a longer version of what I’ll say here. The villagers are not confused; they immediately understand that the woodsman is the Devil.

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View all 58 comments. It starts with an innocuous family banter. Great tale of horror of ruthless, unjust jsremias vindictive omnipotent being called God.

Please try again later. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Much like its titular creature, this book spins a tight web of dread and discomfort that is difficult to shake long after reading it.

He blxck the villagers one month to accomplish the beech planting or else. If you want to know more about him then please visit his blog or follow him on Twitter. The spieer inhabits the faces of those who no longeror never actually gotthrlf to begin withbelieve in God: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Waidson reveals that Gotthelf’s work was little known outside of Switzerland untilwhen no less a figure than Thomas Mann wrote that “there was scarcely a work in world literature that he admired more than ‘The Black Spider.


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We all experience botthelf and loss and sadness throughout our lives, and when we do, it feels like the good times never happened or they happened to someone else, so we can, deep within our dark subconscious, easily believe in a place of eternal pain, continual loss, and endless sadness. English translation copyright by Susan Bernofsky.

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My final buddy-read for Spooktober, with none other than the lovely Heather!! Was it a tale of supernatural horror? View all 4 comments. Wait, a Jrremias tale?!

One suspects not at all. Especially when all the men folk run away, leaving a lone sass-mouthed female to deal with him all by her lonesome. Published for spooooky jjeremias The frame story is set on the day of a christening celebrated by prosperous peasants at a farm, and the homely customs of this rural community are presented in such loving detail, jegemias their world itself seems so idyllic, so noble in its simplicity, that we feel evil could never enter there.

The first 20 pages of the work almost a fifth of its length are given over to a description of the christening of a newborn in a fairly prosperous nineteenth-century Swiss village. However, once I got into the story this fell away and became much better — with the one notable exception of an EXTREME overuse of t My final buddy-read for Spooktober, with none other than the lovely Heather!!

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Want to Read saving…. As every child knows, making deals with the devil is a dangerous business. Set in an idyllic frame storyold legends are worked into a Christian – humanist allegory about ideas of good and evil. Refresh and try again. Lovecraft and Algernon Blackwood. When it is used, it is more often than not accompanied with looks of either indifference or confusion.

Marlane Quade Cook By: View all 12 comments. The Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister wrote a one act opera based on the story invlack was first performed as a radio opera. Sitting in the summer breeze, the family is all ears to the tale of generations of struggle with the devil.