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Der Sandmann (original 1816; edition 1986)

by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann, Rudolf Drux (Herausgeber)

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Title:Der Sandmann
Authors:Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann
Other authors:Rudolf Drux (Herausgeber)
Info:Reclam, Ditzingen (1986), Taschenbuch, 74 pages
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The Sandman by E. T. A. Hoffmann (Author) (1816)

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A classic gothic supernatural short story about a childhood monster and a doll came to life. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Feb 9, 2018 |
I found "The Sandman" a little trippy to read. Nathanael, the so called hero" comes across as a neurotic man, who has had a traumatic childhood, what with his grandmother scaring him with tales of the Sandman sprinkling sand in his eyes and then stealing them and the murder of his father. These events take root in him and setup what happens when Nathanael becomes an adult.

From a psychological viewport it's hard to know if Nathaneal is perfectly sane or is already insane from the outset of the story. The disjointed structure of the narrative lends itself to this viewpoint as it could be said to represent Nathanael's mindset.

The story is a quick read and holds together well for a two hundred year old tale. ( )
  Arkrayder | Nov 11, 2016 |
En El hombre de arena aparecen ejemplificadas, las características propias del relato fantástico de terror.La literatura fantástica hace que en la realidad de todos los días aparezca la presencia de lo inexplicable, y explora el modo en que la vida de los personajes se ve alterada por fenómenos que el lector no sabe si atribuir a fuerzas sobrenaturales o alucinaciones del protagonista.
Por otra parte Hoffmann elige motivos clásicos del género de terror: los experimentos de los alquimistas, que evocan las prácticas de las brujas, y la aparición de autómatas, que permite sostener el clima de misterio. ( )
  Clausole | Apr 18, 2016 |
About the title story only...

E.T.A. HOFFMANN, The Sandman
(1816).

Remarkably modern-feeling in theme, probably because lately we've had quite a few writers harking back to this kind of story. The sinister traveling merchant Coppelius/Coppola, selling his 'eyes-a' is reflected in “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” by E. Lily Yu, for example. And of course, the whole steampunk genre loves to explore the idea of clockwork automata.
To a modern reader, the structure of the story flows a bit oddly and unevenly, and the language is quite overwrought (although this may be an artifact of translation [?]) - but its careful ambiguity and depiction of a decline into madness are effectively done. I was familiar with the plotline of the ballet, Coppélia, which was based on this story - but the original tale is far, far darker. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Nathanael’s childhood is haunted by the mysterious figure of Coppelius, a lawyer-friend of his father who regularly turns up at their house for night-time alchemical sessions. Nathanael associates Coppelius with the mythical Sandman, the legendary being said to steal the eyes of children who refuse to go to sleep. When Nathanael’s father dies as a result of an experiment gone wrong, this ominous mental link is sealed once and for all. Years later, with Nathanael now a university student, unwelcome memories are reawakened by the arrival in town of Italian barometer salesman Coppola. Could he be Coppelius under an assumed name? And what is his association with Professor Spalanzani? Nathanael’s ruminations increasingly skirt obsession. His infatuation with Olimpia, Spalanzani’s perfectly-formed but strangely uncommunicative daughter, only adds to his emotional confusion.

I have the impression that continental Gothic tends to be more earnest and intense than English Gothic. No doubt this is a generalisation which invites any number of exceptions. However, it is certainly true of E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Sandman (1816). Almost unremittingly dark, its bleakness is only tempered, if at all, by occasional bursts of black humour. The plot is underpinned by vague aura of supernatural dread, although from the start there is a strong suggestion that this is a tale not of ghosts or monsters but of a very human madness which may be more terrifying than any phantom.

A classic of its kind, The Sandman has inspired later authors including Poe and composers including Delibes and Offenbach. This annotated Alma Classics edition features a new translation by Christopher Moncrieff and includes in an Appendix a few pages from Sigmund Freud’s The Uncanny – a celebrated essay which gives a predictably psycho-sexual interpretation of Hoffmann’s text. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Sep 26, 2015 |
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A timeless nightmare that taught Freud a thing or two
 

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Hoffmann, E. T. A.Authorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Freud, Sigmundsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moncrieff, ChristopherTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Noorbeek, AndréTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sorgato, MatteoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The young student Nathanael remains haunted by his childhood fears: he is convinced that Coppelius, a strange night-time visitor who used to come to his house to conduct alchemical experiments with his father, was none other than the Sandman, a mythical figure who was said to steal the eyes of children who refused to go to sleep.… (more)

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