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Der Sandmann

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  5,446 Ratings  ·  200 Reviews
** ISBN: 9783150002308 - ISBN10: 3150002303**

"The Sandman" (German: Der Sandmann, 1816) is a short story written in German by E. T. A. Hoffmann. It was the first in an 1817 book of stories titled Die Nachtstücke (The Night Pieces).
Paperback, 74 pages
Published January 28th 1991 by Philipp Reclam jun. Verlag (first published January 19th 1816)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
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’
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Manybooks
I read this rather (very) creepy tale years ago, and while I truly enjoyed Der Sandmann, I also do not much feel like rereading, as the plot, the thematics actually repeatedly produced some rather vivid and glaring nightmares when I read it first for a German Romanticism course in undergrad and then later for my PhD Comprehensive Examinations (there were dancing mechnical maniacal dolls, and a sandman who was anything but benevolent and was forever watching me with strange eyes, monitoring me, a ...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
(1816).

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
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Omaira
Jan 21, 2017 Omaira rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Omaira by: Mordred
"Oh my dearly beloved Nathaniel! Don't you think that even cheerful -unaffected- carefree nature like mine could harbour an inkling of a dark force that insidiously strives to corrupt the sanctum of our inner self?"

Esta breve pieza del romanticismo oscuro germánico escrita por Hoffmann posee los ingredientes mínimos de un relato decente y disfrutable a nivel estético y narrativo. También resulta interesante ver ya algunos indicios de romance científico con ese elemento femenino convenienteme
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Vit Babenco
Apr 15, 2014 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
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Nightwishel
Nov 06, 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
Rawan
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
Ava
May 11, 2016 Ava 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
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Spitzname
Sep 17, 2016 Spitzname rated it really liked it
4.5
Hannah
Oct 16, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5
Ull
Jun 01, 2016 Ull rated it really liked it
Sehr cool
Leyla
Mar 05, 2015 Leyla rated it liked it
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
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
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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.
Elisa
Oct 21, 2016 Elisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich muss sagen, ich fand es erstaunlich gut für ein Buch, das man in der Schule lesen muss und von dem ich viel Schlechtes gehört habe. Hier und da etwas verwirrend, aber ich habe es sogar doch ganz gern gelesen. Und das Ende war.. interessant :D
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.
Gina
Oct 12, 2012 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.
Al
Oct 20, 2016 Al rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vatroslav Herceg
Scarabeus naklada
Zagreb, 2009.
prijevod: Dubravko Torjanac
Knjiga je nastala u doba romantizma, iznjedrena je iz Hoffmannova uma dakle normalno da je ozvjezdičena peticom.
Jezik je tipični old skul đir, u duhu romantizma no taj istovrsni đir će prevladati i u doba moderne na početku prošlog stoljeća.
Otkačeni dašak ludizma se očituje u piščevom izravnom uključivanju u radnju tako da se igra s njom, u smislu da ironizira samo tkanje teksta kada navodi kako je nešto mogao drugačije napisati no takvoš
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Vishy
Nov 29, 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
عبدالعزيز مال الله
Your eyes are open to your mind.. a great fairy tale. a must read
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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Apoorva
I read it because it is prescribed reading for next semester. Well I'm that much of a nerd. WHO WOULDN'T BE IF THEY WERE DOING MA LITERATURE?
sabisteb
Oct 03, 2012 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erzählt wird die Geschichte Nathanaels. Als Kind wird dieser Zeuge, wie sein Vater bei alchemistischen Experimenten durch Mitverschulden eines gewissen Coppola ums Leben kommt. Unglücklicher Weise hatte seine Mutter ebenjenen Coppola immer als Sandmann bezeichnet und Nathanaels Kinderfrau den Jungen mit Schauergeschichten über den Sandmann erschreckt, in welchen dieser Kindern die Augen ausreißt. Diese Verkettung unglücklicher Umstände führt dazu, dass der kleine Nathanael für sein Leben traumat ...more
sabisteb
Mar 18, 2011 sabisteb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hörspiele
Erzählt wird die Geschichte Nathanaels. Als Kind wird dieser Zeuge, wie sein Vater bei alchemistischen Experimenten durch Mitverschulden eines gewissen Coppola ums Leben kommt. Unglücklicher Weise hatte seine Mutter ebenjenen Coppola immer als Sandmann bezeichnet und Nathanaels Kinderfrau den Jungen mit Schauergeschichten über den Sandmann erschreckt, in welchen dieser Kindern die Augen ausreißt. Diese Verkettung unglücklicher Umstände führt dazu, dass der kleine Nathanael für sein Leben traumat ...more
Belinda
Dec 28, 2016 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this little book. ETA Hoffmann is also the creator of the nutcracker story.. No idea why he's not more popular in the Anglosphere. This was a brilliant, surreal dreamy horror perfectly packaged in a short story. Was delighted to hear it's been made into a ballet in the past, would make a great Tim Burton film.
Leo
Jan 22, 2011 Leo rated it really liked it
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
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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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