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El Hombre de Arena (Cajon de Cuentos)

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El hombre de arena (Der Sandmann) es el relato más célebre de E.T.A. Hoffmann. Publicado en 1817 en sus Cuentos nocturnos (Nachtstücke), es el relato más representativo del máximo autor del género del romanticismo negro (Schwarze Romantik, conocido también como literatura de terror gótico) durante el siglo XIX. Se trata de un relato, y no de un cuento ya que no presenta la ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 2003 by Panamericana Editorial (first published January 19th 1816)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
The antiquated 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 antiquity takes me ba ...more
Althea Ann
Nov 16, 2014 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the title story only...

E.T.A. HOFFMANN, The Sandman

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, a
Lydia Presley
Original review posted here

There is absolutely no reason for people to avoid reading this story. First of all, it’s short – about 30 pages (and the ones I read were TINY pages). Secondly, it’s so. freaking. amazing. Seriously! Read it! Now I’ll tell you why.

For my Seminar in European Literature this semester we are studying the “uncanny” – what the word means, how to define it ourselves, how it’s defined in stories, and we’re reading all sorts of fantastic things like Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Freud’
Vit Babenco
Sep 21, 2015 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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 E.T.A. 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 int
Nov 09, 2012 Nightwishel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Малкият Натаниел е силно впечатлително дете. То е обхванато от ужас, когато неговата майка , опитвайки се да обясни нощните посещения на тайнствен непознат при баща му / посещения, свързани с алхимични опити /, разказва зловещата легенда за Пясъчният човек, който пръска пясък в очите на непослушните малчугани, изтръгва очите им и храни с тях децата си, живеещи на Луната. Опитът му да провери дали всичко това е истина, влошава нещата и само утвърждава мистичните му наклонности, които ескалират в ...more
May 11, 2016 Schmolli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a German native and used to the style this book was written. However, I did read it in English and have to say this was an excellent translation.

The story itself suited my taste in "creepy" books. It started with the letters written to Nathaniel's friend Lothar. It made me curious how Hoffmann will unravel the story and if he chose to have a happy ending.
At times I felt Stephen King might have borrowed from him, since it reminded me a bit of his stories.

An entertaining short story with a d
Aug 26, 2015 Rawan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I've never read anything by E.T.A. Hoffmann before (the Sandman is part of my assigned reading for a class I'm taking this semester) but it was a really good read. Reminded me of Frankenstein in a lot of places (Nathanael's actions and letters basically screamed Victor Frankenstein to me as well as the origin of him and Clara's relationship) especially with the whole 'how far can we go with science and technology in terms of humanity' thing that Olimpia represented. The am ...more
Coleccionista  de finales tristes
El hombre de arena es un mito infantil algo así como el monstruo abajo de la cama. Nataniel tiene miedo del hombre de arena y su novia intenta demostrarle que lo que teme es un producto de su imaginación.

Pero entonces se enamora de Olimpia (su nueva vecina) y un día se da cuenta de que esta no tiene ojos. Nataniel no se lo toma muy bien que digamos...

Buen cuento
Jun 09, 2016 Ull rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sehr cool
Jul 01, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mar 09, 2015 Leyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lektüre
God bless the author! Habt keine Angst vor dieser Schullektüre, denn sie ist weder in Dialogform geschrieben noch sehr lang. Meine Reclam Ausgabe hat weniger als 50 Seiten und eigentlich sind nur 40 Seiten davon die Geschichte. Insofern hat das Buch einen verdammten Pluspunkt. Andererseits mag ich die Hauptperson nicht gerade, weil das beabsichtigt ist würde ich meinen es ist noch okay. Als unsere Lehrerin meinte, "seid nicht verwirrt, wenn ihr denkt, ihr habt irgendwas verpasst oder ihr versteh ...more
Darryl Knudsen
Jan 05, 2008 Darryl Knudsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Great fantastic story-telling by a troubled man. Science and technology versus magic, madness, life and death -- key themes from this Romantic period German author. Who is really sane? And whom can you trust?

Eyeglasses, telescopes, mirrors, and other optically refractive devices abound as symbols of the inescapbability of perspective in observation (nothing can be viewed directly or understood objectively and without bias). And automatons (another key period device) are present as technology be
Katriina ❆
I have long feared reading books by E.T.A. Hoffmann, as his alias sounds rather off-putting and pompously self-centred (which I really don't like in writers). And also because my terrible German teacher LOVES E.T.A. Hoffmann. Then, a good friend who I trust a lot when it comes to books recommended me the Sandman, and I thus decided to follow his example and read it, and I really don't regret it. The language E.T.A. used is beautiful, the book is kinda creepy and has the kind of "happily ever aft ...more
Đorđe Bajić
Čuvenu Hofmanovu noveletu sam prvi put pročitao krajem devedesetih - dopala mi se, veoma, ali je vreme izbrisalo sve sem tog opšteg utiska. Sada sam je podsetio zbog filma koji Dario Arđento treba da po njoj snimi. Svakako da se rado o važnom i kvalitetnom delu, ali moram priznati da sam pomalo razočaran. Dosta toga je ostalo samo u naznakama, ima i naivnosti... Bez obzira na nedostatke - toplo preporučujem svima koje zanima horor.
May 25, 2015 Linette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a required book to be read in one of the classes that i am currently taking at university. I personally love reading, and the truth is, i had never heard the name (E.T.A Hoffmann) in my life before, and i didn't even know that The Nutcracker was his story either.
Anyway, i loved every aspect of The Sandman! It is easy to read, well written, and just the kind of book that would draw you in reading it until you get to the end. I must say, the end of the story is quite amazing! What was
Nov 07, 2015 Gina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Honestly, I'm not even sure what to make of The Sand-Man at this point. So, I won't post much of a review except to say that I found it kind of strange.
Olga Kowalska (WielkiBuk)
Deeply unsettling, disturbing and even terrifying in the darkness... A weird story of childhood nightmares that come to life many years later.
Julia Hörmayer
Jetzt ist es schon eine Weile her, dass ich das Buch beendet habe und ich schreibe das Review nachträglich (Ich finde das wichtig, weil ich normalerweise immer gleich danach meine Leseerfahrung (?) schildere).
Ich tu mir echt schwer, ob ich dem Buch 3 oder 4 Sterne geben soll. Es war auf keinen Fall schlecht und ich mochte den Schreibstil echt gerne, aber was mich stört, ist einfach, dass es keinen Sinn macht. Die Hauptfrage war doch, ist Coppelius der Sandmann? Laut meinem Deutschlehrer (und ic
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Jun 05, 2016 ☪♥Magic Love Wonderland☯♥Love☮ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like dark, twisted psychological short novels or 'Gothic Novels'
'Eh, Natty', said she, 'don't you know that yet? He is a wicked man, who comes to children when they won't go to bed, and throws a handful of sand into their eyes, so that they start out bleeding from their heads. He puts their eyes in a bag and carries them to the crescent moon to feed his own children, who sit in the nest up there. They have crooked beaks like owls so that they can pick up the eyes of naughty human children.

Well, this was SOMETHING you don't read everyday or probably would pic
Jan 22, 2011 Leo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the story so scary I didn't even want to talk and hear about it in school, but at the same time I'm glad we read it, because it is really well written. Also, one of my favorite book quotes is from this book, although it is not exactly from the story but the authors input in between:

"Hast du, Geneigtester! wohl jemals etwas erlebt, das deine Brust, Sinn und Gedanken ganz und gar erfüllte, alles andere daraus verdrängend? Es gärte und kochte in dir; zur siedenden Glut entzündet, sprang das
After reading Hoffmann's Mademoiselle de Scudéri I decided that when we went to Berlin I should try and find some more of his stories, perferably in dual language. However, I had NO luck! It seems Germans just don't make dual language books of his, at least not for sale in regular book shops (I should probable check So instead Bill made me a very lovely dual language copy of Der Sandmann.

I really enjoyed reading this. Normally when I read dual language I get frustrated taking the tim
Nov 30, 2011 Vishy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Sandman’ was first recommended to me by one of my friends. I finally got a chance to read it today. It is about a young man called Nathaniel, who has lived his childhood fearing someone called ‘The Sandman’. When it is bedtime, his mother tells him that he should go to sleep as otherwise the Sandman will come and take him away. At one point, Nathaniel hears footsteps coming into their house and his mother hurriedly takes him away to his bedroom. Nathaniel thinks it is the actual Sandman ent ...more
Rather than provide a synopsis of this short story, I'd rather instead elucidate a connection, a connection between 'The Sandman'and 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' The intersections of some pieces of literature always fascinate me and is one of the primary reasons I read. I love to discover those connections because once they have been discovered, the texture of those stories changes. They become more alive. The connection between these two books are several. One, both provide different ...more
4,5 Sterne

Ich glaube, "Der Sandmann" war in der Oberstufe meine Lieblingslektüre und weil es außerdem auch so schön einfach ist, habe ich es jetzt in der Uni als Referatsthema genommen und heute früh in der S-Bahn nochmal gelesen.
Es hat mir immer noch sehr gut gefallen, ist trotz seiner Kürze sehr spannend und vor allem die Figur des Sandmanns hat mich glaube ich nachhaltig beeindruckt. Ich würde dieses Buch so, so gerne mit 500 statt nur 50 Seiten lesen - das ist allerdings gar kein wirklicher
Breno Filo
Jul 10, 2015 Breno Filo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Com uma narrativa inicialmente fragmentada na perspectiva dos protagonistas, sob a forma de cartas, é uma ficção que traz à tona aspectos inquietantes e perturbadores da interioridade humana... o mundo impressiona pelo seu mistério, mas o reflexo dele dentro de nós pode se mostrar ainda mais ameaçador.

Recomendo principalmente aos leitores de Lovecraft, Poe e Chambers.
An sich kein schlechtes Buch, aber dadurch dass es sehr kurz konnte sich die Handlung nicht wirklich entwickeln ebenso wie die Charaktere, vor allem da man nur in die kranke Psyche von Nathanael blicken konnte, was allerdings auch ein spannender Teil des Buchs war
May 23, 2015 Dridge rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein halbwegs okayer deutscher Klassiker (unsere teilweise großartigen Theaterstücke ausgeschlossen)? Check, sogar mal vorhanden.
Mar 04, 2016 Marina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for school.
I definitely liked the plot but thought that it wasn't executed well at times.
Regina Fleck
Fantástico em todos os sentidos.
Aug 21, 2016 michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
had to read it for school.
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Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann), was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. His stories form the basis of Jacques Offenbach's famous opera The Tales of Hoffmann, in which Hoffman appears (heavily fictionalized) as the hero. He is also the author of ...more
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