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4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  8,298 Ratings  ·  313 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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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
Shelby *trains 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
Geo Marcovici
Mar 30, 2017 Geo Marcovici rated it really liked it
O carte interesantă, care îți pune răbdarea la încercare...nimic din ce te aștepți sa se întâmple nu este ceea ce se întâmpla de fapt. Se citește ușor, la final ai un zâmbet.
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Aug 13, 2016 Manny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 14, 2007 Hank Horse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kids
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
Dec 13, 2008 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapter-books
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
Oct 19, 2014 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jetzt verstehe ich zumindest, wieso so viele Leute nicht gerne lesen. xD
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Krabat is a young boy who is strangely compelled to travel to an old Mill, once there he becomes an apprentice to the miller and his other workers. This is no ordinary mill and Krabat learns that the master uses the mill to teach black magic and that once you become a journeyman it is almost impossible to leave. Krabat becomes a model pupil but also dreams of life away from the mill and the often
Oct 05, 2014 Caren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, ya
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 17, 2012 Bine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 30, 2013 booklady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 22, 2015 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

My first reaction to Krabat was that it was obviously not originally written in English.
I found it difficult to believe it is a children's book because it deals with pretty heavy stuff, namely black magic.

Our Krabat is a 14 year old boy who makes a living out of begging with two other kids. Then he moves to a creepy mill with a terrifying master and 11 other journeymen.

The story has the feel of a folk tale. I was enthralled by the sense of elusiveness con
Düster, gruselig, aber doch ziemlich antiquiert. Trotzdem habe ich es gerne gelesen.
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
Feb 25, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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

An sich hatte die Geschichte Potenzial, man hätte definitiv mehr aus ihr machen können, aber leider wurde das nicht gemacht. Für meinen Geschmack war es zu flach geschrieben, zu viele Sachen blieben unerklärt und auch das Ende ging mir zu schnell. Alles in allem war das Buch okay und bekommt von mir 2,5/5 Sternen.
A re-read. Brilliant.
One of my favourite books from childhood: Krabat is one of the rare books I could read again and again.
Obwohl ich schon mehrere Bücher von Otfried Preußler gelesen und für gut befunden habe, muss ich einräumen, dass dieses hier leider mehr Qual, als Vergnügen für mich war. Schon der Film, den ich vor Jahren mal in der Schule gesehen habe, hat mich Schlimmes befürchten lassen. Aus diesem Grund habe ich lange Zeit einen Bogen um dieses Buch gemacht, bis eine Challenge von mir verlangte ein Buch zu lesen, "an das ich mich bisher nicht rangetraut" habe. Also habe ich mich mit misstrauisch zusammengek ...more
Jovi Ene
Mar 20, 2017 Jovi Ene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spre deosebire de cărțile care compun acum ciclul de Young Adult, pline de personaje neverosimile, de vampiri și monștri, cartea lui Otfried Preußler mi-a adus aminte de basmele autentice, pline de folclor și de legende din negura timpului, savuroase și, în același timp, pline de învățăminte. Cărți culese sau scrise pentru artă, nu pentru a fi comerciale.
Krabat, eroul nostru, ajunge la un moment dat la o moară de apă plină de necunoscut, acolo unde tronează meșterul, ajutat de cele 12 calfe. Dup
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
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
Nov 03, 2014 Koeur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Sep 30, 2011 Maharet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Io sono cresciuta a pane e fiabe e non solo quelle della Disney: mio padre mi leggeva libri di fiabe tradizionali fin da piccolissima e appena sono cresciuta ho iniziato a farlo da sola, rileggendo le mie preferite fino quasi a saperle a memoria.
In questo libro ho ritrovato quell'atmosfera fiabesca autentica della mia infanzia, non quella buonista e un po' finta dei cartoni Disney appunto, ma quella un po' gotica, misteriosa, oscura e un po' macabra delle fiabe tradizionali: ho ritrovato qualcos
Oct 30, 2014 Sári rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Dec 26, 2014 Ionia rated it really liked it
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
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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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