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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  6,195 ratings  ·  234 reviews
Krabat - das ist ein 14jähriger Waisenjunge, im Großraum Lausitz/Dresden, im 17.Jahrhundert, der ein Bettlerleben führt. Eines Tages sucht er sein Glück bei einem Müllermeister, der ihn zu sich lockt und als Geselle anstellt. Sofort stellt sich heraus, dass mehr hinter dem "Meister" stecken muss. Dunkle Magie, Intrigen, Täuschungen, Vertrauen, Freundschaft, Rache und ja, a ...more
Broschiert, 296 pages
Published November 1st 1988 by Thienemanns (first published 1971)
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Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
Krabat has dreams of a near-by mill. The pull is too strong and he ends up going there. The Master takes him in and he becomes that needed twelfth to keep the mill going. That mill is not just a mill though. On Fridays they are taught the black arts by the master.

I love folk/fairy tales and expected to be crazy over this book. I don't know if it was my mood at the time of reading or something for me being lost in the translation, but it was just an okay book.

I finished it last night and it's al
Excuse me for sounding smug, but I have managed to read a book in German. A real book, 250 pages long with no pictures. And, unlike earlier attempts, I did not cheat in any way: there was no accompanying parallel text, I didn't look anything up in a dictionary and I hadn't previously read it in another language. There is, to say the least, ample room left for improvement; but based on previous experience with learning languages, I think I've now reached the point where I can continue to progress ...more
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
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
When I read that this book had been an inspiration for the likes of writers Cornelia Funke and Neil Gaiman, my curiosity was piqued. The book appeared in German in 1971 and was translated into English soon after. It was re-released this year by New York Review of Books in their collection of classic children's titles.
The author grew up in a Bohemian town that was annexed, as part of the Sudetenland, by Hitler. He was drafted into the German military in 1944 and sent to fight on the Eastern front
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
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Alternative Title: The Satanic Mill

When I started reading it the story felt somewhat familiar. It was only then that I realised this book had been translated into Dutch a long time ago (as De Meester van de Zwarte Molen) and that many of my friends had read this while we were young.

And it makes for a perfect children's story. Krabat gets to work in a mill, but soon finds out the Master is training them in black arts and mysterious thing
Hach, es war noch viel, viel besser als in meiner Erinnerung. So spannend erzählt, so tolle Charaktere, eine so wahnsinnige STimmung. Einfach ein geniales Jugendbuch. Berechtigt ein absoluter Klassiker.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

I liked this story well enough: it has the definite markings of a fairy tale, somehow reminding me of old legends from my home area. (I'm not German, but we do have our own tales dealing with similar themes, such as clever journeymen who manage to outsmart supernatural beings, etc.)

There was magic in the atmosphere here—no pun intended: though sorcery was obviously a strong theme, indeed, events and descriptions them
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
This book is a strange and yet wonderful mixture of the occult and good storytelling. I wasn't really sure what to think in the beginning. I wondered if this book was going to be more for children than adults, but as I read on, I found myself liking the main character so much that it didn't really matter to me either way.

Krabat is an interesting character. Much like Frodo, he comes into the situation that changes his life rather innocently and without knowledge of what lie ahead of him. He reta
Hát ez baromi jó volt. Végre, végrevégrevégre egy olyan könyv, ami visszahozza az ifjúságomat, egész pontosan azt a korai részét, amikor fáradhatatlan lelkesedéssel népmeséket olvastam. MAGAMNAK. És olyan világban éltem, amit azóta hajlamos vagyok el-elfelejteni, és csak amikor a ronggyá olvasott Lázár Ervin meséskönyvek akadnak a kezembe, akkor jön elő, és akkor sem ilyen intenzitással. Apropó Lázár Ervin, szerintem ő olvasta ezt a könyvet. És ezt nem csak a "Nagybőgőnek nézte az eget" szófordu ...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

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publishing Date: September 2010 (1972)

ISBN: 9780007395125

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.4

Publisher Description: Set within a world of sorcery and wizardry, much like an 18th Century Harry Potter, Krabat tells the story of a 14-year-old beggar boy lured to a mysterious mill by a series of frightening dreams and apparitions.He becomes an apprentice to the master of the watermill where he joins the eleven other young journeymen who work th
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
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
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
Nicki Markus
I read Krabat in the original German, which is why it took me a few weeks to get through it. Krabat is a young beggar boy whose dreams lead him to become a student at a mysterious mill. He soon learns the mill is actually a school of black magic, but there are deadly things taking place behind the scenes and he must use his wits and new magical skills to save his life.

This was a very enjoyable and engaging story and my interest was held from start to finish. There are translations available, and
Любимото ми изречение: "Полъх на жарава и скриптене на мраз в едно".
Ана Хелс
Отваряйки първата страница на тази големичка, тромава и странностна в оформлението си книга, пристъпяте в един мрачен готически свят, изпълнен с поверия и магии, където свръхестественото ходи наравно с обикновеното, злото е неясно, нерадостно и неизбежно, а добрият край не е нещо, в което имате право да вярвате. Легенди и прастари приказки оживяват под перото на великолепния Пройслер, който увлича в една уж детска история всеки любител на вълшебствата, черните чародейства и в крайна сметка – все ...more
kathryn w
An enjoyable suspenseful book I'd like to see the movie.

From The Netgalley Synopsis
Set within a world of sorcery and wizardry, much like an 18th Century Harry Potter, Krabat tells the story of a 14-year-old beggar boy lured to a mysterious mill by a series of frightening dreams and apparitions.He becomes an apprentice to the master of the watermill where he joins the eleven other young journeymen who work there. Much to his surprise Krabat soon discovers that the mill is actually a school of
Elaine Aldred
Krabat by Otfried Preussler is the story of a teenage beggar-boy called Krabat, who is lured to a mysterious mill dominated by a sinister miller, known as the Master. The Master takes on Krabat not only as an apprentice miller but also as an apprentice in a secret magic brotherhood.

The story is set in Saxony in the early eighteen century and is a rite of passage story. It is told in a simple, but descriptive style that lends itself to central European folktales from which Krabat originates. This

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Dieses Jugendbuch hat mein Sohn in der Schule gelesen. Da bin ich neugierig geworden, habe ein Exemplar aus der Bibliothek geholt und in den letzten paar Tagen regelrecht verschlungen. Ich habe die Sprache geliebt, ich habe Krabat geliebt, seinen Mut, seine Aufrichtigkeit, seine Fähigkeit auf die einfachere und bequemere Lösung zu verzichten, um die eigene Integrität zu schützen. Die Sprache ist alt (der Epoche entsprechend) und sehr poetisch. das Buch ist jedem zu empfehlen, jung und alt.
Unlike most people, I did not read Krabat at school or in my childhood. I saw the film a few years ago and I was intruiged by it. It was dark and compelling, not without humor and even a very touching and tender love story.
I started reading the book a few days ago and loved it from the beginning. The story is even more complex than the film suggests, it spans three years - those years Krabat spends in the mill, learning the craft of being a miller and also the dark arts.
The language is enticin
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.
Eleanor Toland
A dark children's story, rather like Harry Potter as told by Ingmar Bergman, Krabat tells the story of a young peasant boy in seventeenth-century Saxony who becomes apprenticed into a mill which is also a school for dark magic.

The Miller, a one-eyed, Wotan-like figure whose name is never given, teaches his twelve apprentices to turn into ravens, worship the devil, profane holy days and gain supernatural strength, and in return expects hard work and unquestioning obedience.

At first everything a
"Krabat" is a German children's classic known as "The Satanic Mill" in English.

I can see why this makes a great children's book, it has the fairy-tale feel and magic! (who doesn't like magic?!). But for me, reading it as an adult didn't do much for me.

I give this 4 stars.

*Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you!
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.
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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
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