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  1. Greta Greta says:

    The Sandmann is the most disturbing and schizophrenic piece of classic literature there is and I love itETA Hoffmann was way before his time In this book he describes the development of schizophrenia to its worst conseuence at a time where it wasn’t recognized as a psychological disorder yet Only after Sigmund Freud used this novel in his thesis 100 years later to show the exemplary development of such a disease it became a masterpiece of analysis The story evolves around the protagonist Nathanael but is told from different perspectives so that the distinction between ill thoughts experience memory and hallucinations is blurry from the very beginning By telling the story of the disturbed mind instead of explaining it the reader is confronted with the raw fear and uncertainty of experiences you can’t tell to be true or not The story works a lot with eyes as symbols for the entry to our soul and the feeling of being watched Due to their severe violation in the storyline they become a key point for a disease eating deep in his soul and setting off his hallucinations that people are not who they seem to be He shows a great affliction to surveillance and machines both attributes that are extremely common elements of schizophrenic hallucinations Fire and heat symbolize the progression of his disease and might also stand for a high fever caused by a childhood disease responsible for fever induced hallucinations It’s a childhood trauma abducting rationality till deathThis book can not be read without an analytical eye or you won’t be able to understand it but if you do it it eats you up


  2. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    I read this rather no very creepy tale years ago and while I truly enjoyed and above all appreciated E T A Hoffmann's Der Sandmann I also do not much feel like a detailed and intense rereading at this time as the plot the thematics actually repeatedly produced some rather vivid and glaring nightmares when I perused it first for a German Romanticism course in undergrad and then later for my PhD Comprehensive Examinations I still recall that there were dancing mechnical maniacal dolls and a sandman who was anything but benevolent and was forever watching me with strange eyes monitoring me and during my PhD Comprehensive preparation phase even nastily admonishing me to read my massive and awe inspiring reading list always and ever faster and faster yikes it still gives me the shivers A most definitely imaginative and wonderful but also than disturbing sojourn into ETA Hoffmann's dark grasping and uncanny night of the soul interesting even fun at times but Der Sandmann is basically a story that is for all intents and purposes presents a 19th century horror genre experiment and is thus most definitely a fairy tale a Kunstmärchen for adults and NOT really appropriate for young children And by the way the dancing doll episode in Jacues Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann while brilliant and evocative in and of itself is also at least from a creepiness and uncanniness point of view but a pale and tame reflection of Der Sandmann on which the episode is distinctly but still rather loosely based


  3. Peter Peter says:

    Brilliant book starting with a kid's fear of the sandman Problem is the 'sandman' concept never truely disappears but comes again and again haunting Nathanael Why is advocate Coppelius or the weather glass hawker Coppola associated with 'evil principle'? Is there something supernatural at work and did Coppelius really kill his father? Nathanael insults his soon to be wife Clara as 'lifeless automaton' as she gives a rational explanation on his fears But what about Spalanzani's daughter Olimpia Nathanael falls in love with? Olimpia is an extremely eerie character Her and Coppelius render this tale a gothic masterpiece Reading through the chapters you'll constantly ask yourself how is this story going to end Is there a happy end for Nathanael? Coppelius is one of the uncanniest and evil character you'll ever come across He will remain with you as the 'Sandman' Georgous book absolutely recommended a true classic


  4. Gerasimos Reads Gerasimos Reads says:

    The work of a genius Very creepy and enjoyable to read but at the same time extremely intelligent and multilayered


  5. Kai Kai says:

    “If like a bold painter you had first sketched in a few audacious strokes the outline of the picture you had in your own soul you would then easily have been able to deepen and intensify the colors one after the other until the varied throng of living figures carried your friends away and they like you saw themselves in the midst of the scene that had proceeded out of your own soul”We had to read The Sandman for our literature seminar I was looking forward to it I had never read anything by ETA Hoffmann before and had heard great things about himPersonally I couldn't connect with the story I loved the dark and psychological images it drew The game it played with childhood fears and madness It is a concept with so much potentialI think it is the way this story is written that compromises my passion and liking for it The sentences are overly long You could make 5 individual and complex sentences out of a single one still Beautiful prose doesn't have to be complicated Simplicity has a beauty of it's ownFind of my books on Instagram


  6. JK JK says:

    I felt sick to my stomach throughout most of this There’s nothing overly supernatural creepy or terrifying just a horribly unsettling undercurrent of tension and dread running underneath each word It’s a marvelHoffman’s skill here isn’t in depicting ghouls or demons but in showing us the effects an encounter with such whether perceived or otherwise can have on the human psyche Our protagonist is plagued by a situation from his childhood and subconsciously seems to seek this out in his later years leading to his descent into madnessI enjoyed that Hoffman left everything open to interpretation were these ghastly villains really what our protagonist thought they were or did he merely conjure it all in his imagination having nested there for years as a repressed fear? Either way it’s a heart stopping thought


  7. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    The antiuated language and over wrought prose on offer here will likely turn off some readers I don’t necessarily prefer this sort of writing and I don’t care to read it terribly often despite my enchantment with classic horror and speculative fiction However part of me enjoys these elements at the same time as finding them hard to tolerate when I am not in the mood for them Rather a contradiction but there you have it There’s something about the way this taste of antiuity takes me back in history so that I can experience life as those who lived during these times experienced itNathanael is a broken man The horrific events of his past have destroyed him in the most fundamental of ways He is not free to be a happy joy filled man content with the love of a good woman and the friendships of those around him He is haunted by the dark memories and the malevolent figure of Coppelius who murdered his father This figure became intertwined in the imaginings of a childhood dark fable about the Sandman who will punish bad children who don’t go to bed in a timely fashionYears later the memory of that diabolical man taints everything even his relationship with Clara his beloved Nathanael goes back to University and starts falling in love with Olimpia the daughter of his physics professor She is literally the perfect woman an exuisitely correct danger a pianist without flaw and beautifully mannered She listens carefully to everything he says not dismissing him as Clara does when he goes off on a melancholy bent He adores and is obsessed with her even though his friends and acuaintances find her repellent in her lack of animation Unfortunately his beloved is not as she seemsThe Sandman is a study in psychological horror Like many good horror stories this one is laced with ambiguity Is the malevolent figure continuing to haunt Nathanael or has he lost his sanity stricken by hallucinations and mental malaise; his mind broken by those terrifying events in his childhood? I wasn’t uite sure because there was evidence to suggest that it was not completely a figment of Nathanael’s imaginationThe Sandman is an important short story because it is one of the first works of fiction to include an artificial human the precursor to the robot of later fiction and scientific reality today I have wanted to read this story for a while and I enjoyed it than not Despite the author’s penchant for using five words when one would suffice and the somewhat disjointed narrative structure I found myself becoming very enthralled as I read this story Mr Hoffman shows a vivid imagination and his prose caused me to become involved in the story to a level in which I was uite worried about how the story would conclude Although this won’t be to all tastes I recommend that admirers of classic fantasy and horrors read this one at least one because it does have something of merit to offer to the literary world


  8. Martin Martin says:

    This famous German classic is 200 years old And yet with the current research interest in robotics and AI it's up to date than ever beforeThe events of this short story are up to numerous interpretations which seem to be a favorite pastime of those studying German literature but basically 'The Sand Man' is the chronology of a mental illnessA young college student named Nathanael recalls a traumatic childhood experience after running into a man who reminds him of the person who caused his father's death and who haunted his childhood as a mysterious figure named 'The Sand Man' who steals children's eyes if they don't go to bed in time As an adult Nathanael is aware that the tale of the Sand Man was just that A tale his mother had made up to get Nathanael and his siblings to go to bed whenever the creepy advocate Coppelius came to visit Nathanael's father to conduct uestionable alchemical experiments with him Experiments which eventually cost his father's lifeHis girlfriend Clara tries to talk some sense into him reminding him that things that disturb our souls are within ourselves so mistaking a stranger for the man who haunted his childhood doesn't make the stranger himself a threat as long as Nathanael doesn't allow his fear to take over his lifeNathanael's mental constitution deteriorates further when he moves into a new apartment and sees a beautiful girl through the window sitting silently in the apartment across the streetHe falls madly in love with the silent neighbor who is said to be the daughter of a professor in the local college When said professor invites the town to a ball to introduce his daughter Nathanael makes the acuaintance of Olimpia who simply smiles and comments everything he says with 'Oh' In his increasing madness Nathanael takes her simple answers as a sign of true depth so unlike his girlfriend Clara who always seems bored when he reads his weird and dark poetry to herThe townsfolk comment on Olimpia's strangeness her cold skin and dead lifeless eyes But Nathanael is determined to marry Olimpia despite his friends' warnings When he arrives at the professor's apartment with an engagement ring he witnesses the professor and a man fighting over Olimpia tearing her mechanical robot body apartThis is literally the last straw for Nathanael to fall into the abyss of madnessIt's one of the coolest stories of that era that you can findHumanlike robots so called 'automats' were pretty popular back in the early 19th century so it's no wonder this theme was used so perfectly in this story Moving machines were considered alive by people who had no idea of engineering So having Nathanael find himself unable to distinguish between what's a real human being and what's a machine seems to be a stroke of genius to meI genuinely like this story and I'm so glad I've read it again after almost 20 years when my teacher made me hold a presentation on that book in my German lessons LOL5 stars


  9. Vit Babenco Vit Babenco says:

    “There is no Sandman dear child” replied my mother “When I say the Sandman's coming I only mean that you're sleepy and can't keep your eyes open – just as if sand had been sprinkled into them”There is something very special in the tales of ETA Hoffmann – two centuries have gone but they still remain enigmatic startling and morosely nocturnal “And now Nathaniel saw that a pair of eyes lay upon the ground staring at him; these Spalanzani caught up with his unwounded hand and flung into his bosom Then madness seized Nathaniel in its burning claws and clutched his very soul destroying his every sense and thought” And his tales are gloomily poetic“The painter turned round to us but immediately proceeded with his work saying in an indistinct and almost inaudible voice ‘Great deal of trouble – crooked confused stuff – no rule to make use of – beasts – apes – human faces – human faces – miserable fool that I am’ These last words he cried aloud in a voice that nothing but the deepest agony working in the soul could produce I felt strangely affected; – these words the expression of face the glance which he had previously cast at the professor brought before my eyes the whole struggling life of an unfortunate artist The man could have been scarcely than forty years old; his form though disfigured by the unseemly dirty costume of a painter had something in it indescribably noble and deep grief could only discolour his face but could not extinguish the fire that sparkled in his black eyes”And for those who read ETA Hoffmann’s timeless stories Sandman exists


  10. Zainab Zainab says:

    Mr Sandman bring me a dreamMake him the cutest that I’ve ever seenGive him the word that I’m not a roverI'm sorry but that's all I can think of right now and now the song's stuck in my head Toodles


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Der Sandmann ➯ [Read] ➫ Der Sandmann By E.T.A. Hoffmann ➻ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk E T A Hoffmann is seen as a pioneer of both Romanticism and fantasy literature and his novella Mademoiselle de Scudéri A Tale from the Times of Louis XIV is often cited as the first ever detective st E T A Hoffmann is seen as a pioneer of both Romanticism and fantasy literature and his novella Mademoiselle de Scudéri A Tale from the Times of Louis XIV is often cited as the first ever detective story Hoffman's story 'The Sandman' provided both the inspiration for Léo Delibes's ballet Coppélia and the basis for a highly influential essay by Sigmund Freud called 'The Uncanny' Indeed Freud referred to Hoffman as the unrivalled master of the uncanny in literature Many of the demonic and thriller stories particularly those dating back to the s and before are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive We are republishing these classic works in affordable high uality modern editions using the original text and artwork.