Nov 7, In Jeremias Gotthelf’s 19th century gothic horror story The Black Spider, newly translated by Susan Bernofsky, a young woman makes a pact. Apr 5, The Black Spider. by Jeremias Gotthelf. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. NYRB Classics, I picked up The Black Spider because of its. And yet, there it is, Jeremias Gotthelf’s “The Black Spider” (or, as it was titled in its original German, “Die schwarze Spinne”), holding pride of place in Jones.

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This book opens with the characters in a delightful state of bucolic bliss on a christening day, so naturally, after a while I started to get curious about the book’s cover art and why a blurb on the back notes that “The Black Spider was a horror story of its day. Actually the translation as a whole, from HM Waidon back in reprinted in the OneWorld Classics editionis wonderfully supple and readable.

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Who do you think won? The contrast with the framing story is also nicely done and effective.

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Of course, the other main structural support of deiphobia is belief, which, depending on the gottelf one reads, is either seriously dwindling or transforming into something most religiously-minded people of yesteryear would not recognize as belief.

The story is characterized by its complex narrative structure, its conservative Christian motifs and symbolism, and its precise descriptions of the social dynamics of the village. Originele en complexe narratieve structuur, met een tweeledige raamvertelling waarbij het interne verhaal op geheel natuurlijke wijze overvloeit in de raamvertelling zelf. The Black Spider can be seen as a parable of evil in the heart or of evil at large in society Thomas Mann saw it as foretelling the advent of Nazismor as a vision, anticipating H.

What does god or the devil care about justice? He gives them a few days to think it over — and, despite all their reservations, of course, eventually the deal is struck although in such a way that the community can claim not to have been fully on board However, according to Terrence Rafferty of the New York Times, the spider also becomes a symbol of plague, and there are scenes in this book that support this idea as well.

My final buddy-read for Spooktober, with none other than the lovely Heather!! It’s sweet sweet horror that kicks Stephen King’s jeremiqs around the block. We have sympathetic people with sympathetic desires put into a situation which is so impossible that it’s almost understandable that they could make the deal—if the villagers can’t gothhelf the lord’s task and get back to harvest their fields, the whole village will perish, so maybe it makes sense to sacrifice one child.


His vision of Satan is truly skin-crawling. The only time that worked out was in a Charlie Daniels song, and Bedazzled but Brendan Fraser had to go through a lot of crap first, so there.

Quotes from Die schwarze Spinne. However, soon deadly spiders are added to the peasants’ woes, crawling out of Christine.

After some hesitation, he answers by telling them the story of the black spider. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The locals think they might be able to avoid holding up their side of the bargain — just get those little newborns baptized almost as soon as they’re out of the womb! All material in Strange Horizons is copyrighted to the original authors and may not be reproduced without permission.

Get those kids in the fold as soon as possible via baptismand then don’t be tempted by grand promises beyond one’s station. One person found this helpful. Christine begins to terrorize the valley, killing both villagers and animals, including von Stoffeln himself.

The more political power you gain, the less accountable you are No one thought much of it, but their words were like barbs driven into her heart, awakening the heavy thoughts once more, and again and again she was forced to remember that this was the very spot where the green man had kissed her, and that the same burning pain that had flashed through all her limbs at the moment of the kiss now burned and ieremias at her without respite.

Yes, eventually the satanic presence is bested — and yes, that black window post has something to do with it — but the carnage before then is dreadful. He gotthel, from the security of the first section, a genuinely horrific and disturbing tale of a demon black spider that punishes all those who have defied God and tried to short-circuit the demands of authority with an appeal to the Devil. Articles containing German-language text All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from Heremias Wikipedia articles with GND identifiers.

Die schwarze Spinne

Sins of the father and all that. It will make you want to read it to the kiddies, just to create lasting a lasting phobia. This novella took me four days to read, which makes no sense gotthelc it really is not that long. Jeremias Gotthelf, the pen name of Albert Bitzius —was a Swiss pastor and the author of novels, gotrhelf, short stories, and nonfiction, who used his writing to communicate his reformist concerns in the field of education and with regard to the plight of the poor.

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Strangely enough, the only time a real fear of God comes into play for me is when I read a good, old-fashioned scary horror story or watch a well-made horror movie. There are a number of scenes that are bound to produce that wonderful frisson of chills crawling up your spine, making it a perfect pre-Halloween read; it’s also a peek into a specific society at a specific time and place making it a good story for historical fiction readers. What Gotthelf imagines is, indeed, a horror-vision.

Though the novel is initially divided, what is originally the internal story, later spills over into the frame story as well. Buddy read with the spookalicious Karly. Next Article Hunter S.

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The Black Spider

The novella’s structure, consisting of a frame story and two internal narratives, is not only pleasing in itself, but also an ideal conveyor of the narratives’ central themes.

He pays for this service with his life, but he dies in “God’s Peace”. One wrong step and you’re toast. Rarely has a novel’s ogtthelf left me so adrift.

Die schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf

Still,a short,enjoyable read esp. He entered into the great mountain temple of nature, following within the veil such great high-priests as Wordsworth and Novalis.

Een religieuze allegorie, bij momenten ijzingwekkend. Clearly this is secondary to the religious allegory on show here, but it adds a fascinating extra layer to the story. Published January 28th by Philipp Reclam jun.

The spider is still with us. Read more Read less. It was probably the type of book parents forbade children to read, thus making it more of a fun forbidden fruit to enjoy at night, by candlelight, after everyone was asleep.

The story does get a bit preachy toward the end.