Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense . by Adalbert Stifter, introduction by W.H. Auden, translated from the German by I think of Rock Crystal it tells of two children, brother and sister, lost in a. Stifter’s novella Rock Crystal, the story of two children lost in a snow storm on Christmas eve, is a spiritually symbolic work of pristine.

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The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: It is a simple story and one best read without knowing much about it. Their family was unusual in that they were spread between two villages, in an expansion that many of the other townspeople were too proud and rooted to do themselves: Rejoice in the tininess of this not-grand tale a snowflake and the sweet kindness it contains the long dreamy sigh of winter will find its spring.

Why would it need to be in a German original, since they would be the most likely people to understand about Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Germany? Brigitta and Other Tales Penguin Classics. This is one of my favorite books.

One should begin to think, is this story an allegory? The descriptions of scenery are very well done in their Victorian way, but can’t compete with their more striking and vivid counterparts – which I can still feel – from another, more complicated, story of children lost in the snow, Tarjei Vesaas’ The Ice Palace.

In fact, the narrations of the natural happenings and the nature are just fantastic. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.



All the more so roxk the author’s Superb. Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, explores what can be found between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—or on any night of the year. Aug 31, Hadrian rated it it was ok Shelves: But she insists that they start for home early. Crazy as it sounds, I suspect in some ways this novella may be misconstrued again as a type of Christian tale because it more than once invoked its name.

When they are finally safe at home, the little daughter Sanna blurts out, “Mother, last night when we were up there on the mountain, I saw the Holy Christ-child. Stifter means to make a Christian parable, but it is not a parable of redemption. It crystall about harmony: Young Conrad and his younger-still sister Sanna are traveling on Christmas Eve morning from their parents’ home to their grandparents’ home in another valley.

As they return from the village of their grandparents, there occurs a heavy snow and roci lose the track. Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, explores what can be found between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—or on any night of the year.

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Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley. Poetic descriptions of the breathtaking beauty and extreme harshness of the area.

The finding of the children brings joy to the entire village. What seemed to me at first to be a very brief encounter when taking a sitfter at the total ninety-six page count actually resulted in more than seven days of reading time. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: And that the typeface is relative large?

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It is a winter’s tale of unexpected glimmer. I wonder if The Biggest Loser is on Be the first to discover new talent! Dec 31, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Learn more about Adalbeft Giveaway.

This Christmas story reminded me rok Hans Tsifter Andersen’s longer talessuch as The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid, except that the supernatural is the natural world of Alpine peaks and glaciers, snow and stars. But the villages, though indistinguishable, maintain a certain rivalry:. The mountain also sends down from its snowy flanks streams that feed a lake in the forest, from which a brook emerges and flows merrily through the valley, driving the saw-mill, the grist-mill, and small machinery of various kinds, providing cleanliness for the village and watering for the cattle.

Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter

Although the reader realizes that this would be a harrowing experience for two youngsters, the hauntingly beautiful description of the natural surroundings inspires a feeling of detachment and calm rather than the expected fear and panic.

Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. Lyrical and descriptive, this brief tale by Austrian writer, poet, and painter Stifter —68 will do well where literary fiction is appreciated. Here is the moment they begin to realize they are lost. Get to Know Us. Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. But the villages, though indistinguishable, maintain a certain rivalry: