Nov 7, In Jeremias Gotthelf’s 19th century gothic horror story The Black Spider, newly translated by Susan Bernofsky, a young woman makes a pact. Apr 5, The Black Spider. by Jeremias Gotthelf. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. NYRB Classics, I picked up The Black Spider because of its. 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.

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Strike while everyone is relaxed and happy and dressed up. Both seek a path to redemption, they just have differing ways of getting there. So, after a delightfully described domestic affair of celebration, love, hope and shared bliss for the first 24 pages, the author sends the reader to a dark place of pain, death and eternal burning.

The Black Spider

At this point, we are one third of the way into the story and for the first time I feel like I finally understand it: His works were issued in 24 vols. It was a short, well-translated story.

But ‘Jeremias Gotthelf’ knows what he is doing. Clearly this is secondary to the religious allegory on show here, but it adds a fascinating extra layer to the story.

Go black spider, go! But however blaci its plot, the framing device of the fiction held my attention all the way thro I’m tempted to say that the best thing about The Black Spider is its cover in the new NYRB edition. The grandfather tells how a few centuries before, the village had been ruled by a Teutonic Knight named Hans von Stoffeln, who worked the farmers of the village very hard.

There’s nothing inherently creepy about a post in a house. Spidsr is a true poet when he tells us in hushed voice of the hill-side storm, the relentless avalanche, the devastating torrent; or leads us rejoicing through the jubilant spring woods and grateful autumn fields. 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 Gotthelv final buddy-read for Spooktober, with none other than the lovely Heather!!


Die schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf

jdremias This is not a story for the kids — they’ll have nightmares for weeks. View all 5 comments. Originele en complexe narratieve structuur, met een tweeledige raamvertelling waarbij het interne verhaal op geheel natuurlijke wijze overvloeit in de raamvertelling zelf.

It will stay with you.

Why would you fear God, if God is Pure Love? We are experiencing technical difficulties. I recognize that my expectations for this story are not the ones that Gotthelf’s readers would have had, but stories can’t help but be read within the context of the modern day and of what’s come after them.

He seals the pact with a kiss: Deiphobia probably not the best word to use to describe the type of God-fearing that I am referring to, but it will do is supported by the idea of accountability, if not in this life then in the next. Orthofer7 October All in all, a fine — and very memorable — story.

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I thought this was incredibly charming and atmospheric, despite the fact that it’s essentially the sort of simple religious allegory that normally makes me run a mile.

Actually the translation as a whole, from HM Waidon back in reprinted in the OneWorld Classics editionis wonderfully supple and readable. His story is a homily, showing how the everyday moral weaknesses of men and women give an opening to the spirit of evil.

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Much like its titular creature, this book spins a tight web of dread and discomfort that is difficult to shake long after reading it.

The grandfather offers some explanations, but nobody is fooled; as one of those present notes: Preview — Die schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf. The spider in her face swelled up higher than ever, sending fiery barbs through her very bones. Many Christians myself included have lost the ability to fear God because they have jetemias weary of the petty, prudish provincialism of a segment of the religiously-minded who refuses to listen to Reason.


Great tale of horror of ruthless, unjust and vindictive omnipotent being called God. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

The book was a great success, as it was a picture of real life, and not of fancifully beribboned eighteenth-century villagers. See and discover other items: In story 1 the entire village is screwed, no matter if the serfs were good people or sinful view spoiler [ lesson – don’t let strangers kiss you and all peasants are expendablehide spoiler ] and in horrific story 2 a household of low-class people are poisoned view spoiler [and changed instantly into rotting corpses they were primarily unimportant wives and mothers-in-laws or low-life servants, so hide spoiler ] – the lesson to be learned gottnelf apparently the best protection from god’s wrath is to be a white male of substance and leisure.

It was, I imagine, the type of book that church pastors secretly adored but outwardly shunned for its macabre themes. The grandfather therefore feels obligated to finish the story:. A black mound forms.

View all 11 comments. Add both to Cart Add both gottbelf List. Still,a short,enjoyable read esp. It’s a bit campy and moralistic, but literary enough to possibly appeal to readers of H. People who do not believe in God are the frickin’ worst, yotthelf in all sorts of crimes against humanity and farm animals, and the devil will get them. It is instructive to see how the recalcitrant crooked timber of men house timber represents an apposite metaphor as you will see if you read the blacm is brought into line blck fear of the physical and supernatural consequences of questioning tradition and defying authority.

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