Il mulino dei dodici corvi
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Il mulino dei dodici corvi

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Krabat, giovane orfano che vaga di villaggio in villaggio all'epoca in cui quello del viandante era quasi un mestiere, fa uno strano sogno: undici corvi appollaiati su una stanga lo chiamano con insistenza, invitandolo al mulino della palude di Kosel. Poiché il sogno si ripete per più notti, il ragazzo decide di mettersi alla ricerca di quel luogo, lo trova davvero, viene...more
Paperback, 285 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by TEA (first published 1971)
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Hank Horse
A spooky and humane classic.

Our young orphan Krabat apprentices at a mill, which turns out to be a magic school far more sinister than Hogwarts.

Essentially a fairy tale, the story resonates on many levels.
One of the things I love about it is the way Ottfried Preussler portrays the world of magic as having limits. The powerful and despotic master at the mill has his own master in turn...The logic of the story is carefully constructed, and every action and development has consequences.

Though it...more
As I'm rereading my favorite books from childhood, I find myself having to reset my rating system. After reading The Satanic Mill, for instance, I see that some other books I noted as 5 stars are really 4, and some 4 stars are really 3.

This book is flat out good. For a book about good and evil it's free of saccahrine and moralizing. Economically written and tightly plotted, there aren't anvils falling on your head indicating where the story is going.

And somehow the lack of flowery description m...more
Jul 02, 2013 booklady rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to booklady by: Julie
The Satanic Mill is a delightful story with a wicked sounding title. Reading it I was reminded of a Brothers Grimm tale expanded to a full-length book. I’m not sure if that is because of the style of writing, the innocence of the main character, or the old-fashioned names used throughout or something altogether different.

Krabat is a fourteen year old orphan beggar in sixteenth century Germany who stumbles on a mill where he finds conditions too good to be true—at least for his time and place. H...more
One of the gems of my childhood bookshelf, translated in Dutch as 'Master of the Black Mill'.
This book is fantastic, I won't go too much into the story because the arc of finding out what's going on is just lovely and I recommend discovering it for yourself, be you youngster or grown-up.

Krabat becomes the newest apprentice of the Master at the Black Mill in the deep woods, but soon it becomes clear that some sinister goings on are only the opening chords to a symphony of trouble, challenging Kr...more
Laatst was ik in Duitsland. Vrienden bezoeken, cultuur gecombineerd met currywurst, maar bovenal om te wandelen. Vanaf Osnabrück naar het noorden, de Hünenweg af, eerst door de uitlopers van het Teutobürger Wald, daarna Moorlandschap. Wandelen combineert niet alleen sport met ontspanning, het is ook aangenaam langzaam; een vorm van slow travel, zo u wilt. Bij mijn collega A. rolde er bij de combinatie jonge man + wandelen + Duitsland gelijk een boek uit van Markus Seidel, met de prachtige titel...more
David Turner
I read this book when i was about 14 yrs old or so. i remember this book being my first intriuging, magical suspence novel. The main character was a young boy (don't remeber his name) that had a dream of a mill, and ended up there, where he met with a wizzard. He then followed the wizzard to the mill (under some form of spell as i can recall). While there, he befriends an older boy, who helps him with the daunting tasks that the evil wizzard commands of him and the other boys. He also meets a yo...more
Armands Osītis
Recenzija par O. Preislera stāstu „Krabats”.

Es lasīju vācu autora Otfrīda Preislera grāmatu „Krabats”. Otfrīds Preislers ir dzimis 1923. gada 20. oktobrī Reihenbergā, Čehijā (vāciešu apdzīvotais Čehijas apgabals). Preislers pārsvarā raksta pasakas bērniem, bet ir uzrakstījis stāstus arī jauniešu un pieaugušo auditorijai. Preislers raksta pasakas un stāstus no samērā agra vecuma, jo viņa tēvs bija vēsturnieks, un, kā zināms, vēsturniekiem ir jāraksta gana daudz rakstu, un tas iepatikās ari Otfrī...more
David Hebblethwaite
First published in English under the title The Satanic Mill, this German children’s classic (translated by Anthea Bell) has now been reissued under its original title as part of The Friday Project's Library of Lost Books range. It is the story of Krabat, a boy in 16th-century Saxony, who investigates a strange mill and finds himself compelled to become the miller’s apprentice, working alongside his eleven journeymen. The Master teaches his journeymen dark magic, but at a price: every New Year’s...more
Hinter Sonne und Mond

Der jugendlichen Krabat gelangt als Lehrjunge in eine seltsame Mühle, die sich schnell als Zauberschule entpuppt. Neben der harten Müllerei lernt der Junge einige geheimnisvolle Zauber und einige wenige Freunde kennen, aber auch Gestalten, die nichts gutes im Schilde führen, wie zum Beispiel seinen undurchschaubaren Meister...

Nein, ich habe es als Kind nicht gelesen - schade, denn ich glaube, mir hätte dieses Buch außerordentlich gut gefallen. Sogar als Erwachsener zieht mic...more
lovely novel. it's supposed to be for children but i will look suspiciously at a grown up who wont enjoy such prose.

i'm not that much into wizarding world,but this book somehow tricked me in. its true that plot "young boy" against "dark lord" seems at times a bit annoying,but this story apart of certain cliches contains a delicate fragrance of the folk stories. you can literally feel the spirit of eastern germany,it's wendish (i actually had to google it,didnt know that there is a slavic minorit...more

La peli está muchísimo más entretenida.
What a gem of a book! Listed as a book for young readers, I think most adults would and should enjoy the story of Krabat. The tale is old, but offers good lessons for today. Originally written in German and translated later to English, I loved that I had to Google a few of the words in the text to find the meanings. Had seen this book discussed in the past and was so glad to find an old library copy in good condition for a great price! It's a wonderful read if you can find it.
Krabat! Probably one of my favourite books ever. We read it in 5th or 6th grade, but I think I enjoyed it even more when rereading it almost ten years later.

I can't even tell why I loved it so much. The way it's written, the plot, the dynamic between the characters (who are already awesome by themselves) - it's just a brilliant story, and by no means only for young people.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I read this as a teen and loved it, but can't remember too much about it. I have a copy somewhere... must dig it out and re-read it. It's a fantasy story more than a horror story, as I recall.
Fatima Beg
May 06, 2008 Fatima Beg rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Fatima by: my brother's then-girlfriend gave it to me on my birthday
Shelves: childrensbooks
Excellent German language classic. It teaches you a lot of lessons on how to live life. I'm sure there already are lots of excellent analyses, so I don't need to add.
In Krabat geht es um den gleichnamigen Bettlerjungen Krabat, der eines Tages von komischen Träumen heimgesucht wird. Er hört eine heisere Stimme, die ihn in die Mühle nach Koselbruch ruft und ihm dort ein tolles Leben verspricht. Doch was soll er da? Die Mühle ist für ihre schwarze Magie bekannt.
Nach langen Überlegen schlägt sich Krabat eines Morgens auf den Weg zur Mühle und als er ankam, merkt er auch, dass er schon erwartet wurde. Von dem Meister.

Schwere Zeiten brechen für Krabat an. Er als...more
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"Krabat" is a German childrens classic known as "The Satanic Mill" in English.

I can see why it is a much loved book for children. The writing is fairy tale-esque and easy to understand. The characters are likeable, there is magic und the borders between good and evil are well defined. It also has some dark aspects and easy to understand morals.
Also a big plus were the rather short chapters. If you plan to read this to your kid as a bedtimestory, each chapter won't take you longer than 20 min. (i...more
Matti Karjalainen
Saksalaisen lastenkirjailijan Otfried Preusslerin "Mustan myllyn mestari" (WSOY, 1978) on fantasiahenkinen satukertomus 14-vuotiaasta Krabat-pojasta, joka pestautuu renkipojaksi pahamaineiseen Mustaan myllyyn ja tulee samalla pantanneeksi elämänsä ja sielunsa mustaa magiaa harjoittavalle ja sitä opettavalle mestarille. Opiskelu on kuitenkin maksullista - jokainen vuosi kuolee yksi mestarin kahdestatoista oppipojasta, eikä myllystä lähteminen onnistukaan noin vain.

"Mustan myllyn mestari" on perin...more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"Gran combate el de esta noche, señoras y señores: en una esquina del ring, con 39 años de edad y 198 páginas, tenemos a Krabat y el molino del diablo, clásico de la literatura juvenil escrito por Otfried Preusler; en la otra esquina, con la arrogancia propia de la juventud, encontramos a Krabat, película germana basada en esta novela, realizada en el 2008 (aunque estrenada hace poco en nuestro país) por Marco Kreuzpaintner, una producción de 10 millones de euros de presupuesto. La primera impre...more
Steffie Buechersammlerin
Meine Meinung:

Krabat ist ein Bettlerjunge der zum Dreikönigstag mit seinen Freunden durch die Dörfer zieht. Als ihn der Ruf des Meisters ereilt wendet er sich sehr zögerlich nach Kosebruch. Dort wird er in die Lehre aufgenommen und verdingt sich nun als Müllerslehrling. Gemeinsam mit den 11 Gesellen schuftet er tagein tagaus. Doch scheint es auf der Mühle nicht mit rechten Dingen zuzugehen. Eines Nachts entdeckt Krabat, dass die Müllersknappen nachts Säcke in die Mühle schleppen, den Inhalt dort...more
Home Ice-bloxx
Krabat zieht es unwiderstehlich zu dieser sagenumwobenen Mühle im Koselbruch (spielt in Deutschland um Dresden!)- er geht hin und bekommt ein verlockendes Jobangebot, das er annimmt. Doch in der Mühle geschehen schreckliche Dinge, und Krabat will weg- doch niemand kommt aus der Mühle- es sei denn, ein Mädchen, das dich unendlich liebt, erkennt dich und kann dich befreien… (Ich hoffe mal das stimmt ansatzweise, lange her…)

Meine eigene Meinung
Damals habe ich es total spannend gefunden, ich h...more

Cierto es decir, que creía que iba a estar mejor el libro, al principio me resultó un poco cargante, y además he terminado el libro, y me ha resuelto alguna de mis dudas, pero no todas. Igual es por eso por lo que me resultaba pesado, porque he sido arrastrada por toda la incertidumbre que rodea el libro, parecía que todo era misterioso, que no se sabía nada, que cada cuál tenía motivos ocultos,...

La narración en 3º persona, pero desde el punto de vista de Krabat, que encima, el muchacho no es q...more
Suomenkielinen nimi vaatii osakseen tunnustuksen tyylitajusta. Se ei lähde ainoastaan kielen päältä sulavasti vaan on alkuperäistä kuvaavampi ja esim. englantilaista vaihtoehtoaan, The Satanic Mill, tyylikkäämpi. Preusslerin kertomuksen pohja on jossakin Grimmin weljesten keräämässä, eli sielu on kolkon kansantarinanomainen vaikka tämän pääasiallinen lukijakunta lieneekin nuorempaa väkeä. Itse asettelisin tämän hengeltään jonnekin Tolkienin Hobitin (1937) syrjään, vaikkei samankaltaisuutta juone...more
Dem Betteljungen Krabat kommt es wie ein Traum vor, als er die Chance bekommt das Müllerhandwerk zu lernen. Schnell bestätigt sich aber sein Verdacht das die Mühle zu Schwarzkollm keine gewöhnliche Mühle ist, sondern eine schwarze Schule. Doch zur Flucht ist es zu spät. Da Krabat sehr gelehrig ist, wird er schon bald zum besten Zauberschüler und nur allzubald eine offensichtliche Konkurrenz für den schwarzen Müller.
Wächst man wie ich in der Lausitz auf und dann noch in unmittelbarer Umgebung der...more
Eleonore Rigby
Die Mühle am Koselbruch wirkt eine ungeheure Faszination auf den Jungen Krabat aus. Alle waren ihn zwar, doch ist die Neugierde stärker, als der Wille - und so lässt sich Krabat mit dem Müllermeister ein, nämlich, das er dort arbeiten soll. Die Arbeit in der Mühle ist für niemanden von den Knappen leicht. Viel geschieht, und langsam fragt man sich, auch als Leser: was geht hier vor sich? Bald erlernen die Jungen samt Krabat Zaubersprüche aller Art. Sie können diese auch anwenden, so das die Arbe...more
I found this book enjoyable, especially reading it aloud with my family. I thought that it was fairly mature for a book found in the childrens section (though it was in the stacks, which are available to the public to browse, but a bit out of the way). There are a lot of different characters at least 16 different odd German (Wendish) names to remember, though only about five or six are really memorable. Although there is only one female character of note in the book I didn't actually find it too...more
"Il Mulino dei Dodici Corvi" è un romanzo di genere dark fantasy, una fiaba a tinte fosche che ricorda nelle atmosfere e nella composizione le classiche fiabe dei fratelli Grimm. Può considerarsi un vero e proprio romanzo di formazione, poichè il protagonista, Krabat, affronterà diverse prove che lo porteranno ad un'evoluzione all'interno della storia, iniziandolo all'età adulta.
Orfano, povero e senza una meta, il giovane Krabat finisce nella misteriosa palude di Kosel, dove sorge un mulino alq...more
I recently reread my tattered copy of this beautiful retelling of the sorbic myth about the powerful magician (?) Krabat - I'm still as in love with it as I was when I first read it. Preußler's amazingly simple and yet beautiful prose does exactly what it should do; clearly, there's a master at work here. He skillfully sets the mood for this tale of a boy growing up, from the first sentence to the last - the story is exciting, but at the same time it feels like home, because we all know this way...more
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Otfried Preußler (sometimes spelled as Otfried Preussler) was a German children's books author. His best-known works are The Robber Hotzenplotz and The Satanic Mill (Krabat).

He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in 1972 for Krabat.
He has sold roughly 50 million copies worldwide.

He was born in Liberec (German: Reichenberg), Czechoslovakia. His forefathers had lived in this area since the 15th c...more
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