Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense . by Adalbert Stifter, introduction by W.H. Auden, translated from the German by I think of Rock Crystal it tells of two children, brother and sister, lost in a. Stifter’s novella Rock Crystal, the story of two children lost in a snow storm on Christmas eve, is a spiritually symbolic work of pristine.
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Preview — Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter. Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter. Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing anecdote of village life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense. This jewel-like novella by the writer that Thomas Mann praised as “one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world cdystal is among the most unusual, moving Seemingly the simplest of stories—a passing stiffer of village life— Rock Crystal opens up into a tale of almost unendurable suspense.
This jewel-like novella by the writer that Thomas Mann praised as “one of the most extraordinary, the most enigmatic, the most secretly daring and the most strangely gripping narrators in world literature” is among the most unusual, moving, and memorable of Christmas stories. Two children—Conrad and his little sister, Sanna—set out from their village high up in the Alps to visit their grandparents in the neighboring valley.
It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls early in December and the children are warned not to linger. The grandparents welcome the children with presents and pack them off with kisses.
Then snow begins to fall, ever more thickly and steadily. Undaunted, the children press on, only to take a wrong turn. The snow rises higher and higher, time passes: Adalbert Stifter’s rapt and enigmatic tale, beautifully translated by Elizabeth Mayer and Marianne Moore, explores what can be found between Christmas Eve and Christmas Day—or on any night of the year.
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Lo stesso Stifter, che insegnava fisica e matematica al figlio del principe Metternich, presso il quale abitava, si dilettava in pittura. Il tempo peggiora improvvisamente, la neve ricopre tutto, loro smarriscono la strada, sono costretti a passare la notte in montagna in una grotta simile al palazzo di un re delle Alpi, costruito di smeraldi, zaffiri e cristallo di rocca.
Al mattino vengono trovati dai soccorritori, e gli abitanti dei due paesi, che fino ad allora si erano pacificamente ignorati, adesso fraternizzano. Le interpretazioni sono fioccate: View all 4 comments.
Feb 16, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Who am Adqlbert kidding? I’m not going to finish this thing. I’ll get more enjoyment by just staring at the cover lovingly, stroking it with the tippy tip-tops of my fingers, and saying aloud, ‘Pretty!
This isn’t the case of a book deserving a good cover; this is the case of a cover deserving a good book I should have cryetal the author’s name as sufficient warning. I mean, what the hell does an Adalbert Stifter have to tell me? He sounds like Who am I kidding?
Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter
He sounds like the kind of man who should do surveying for topographical maps or who should teach philology in Vienna while scowling at his students, who watch his old worldy muttonchops — minute by minute, day by day, fortnight by fortnight — devour his anemic, skull-like face. That’s my impression of an Adalbert Stifter anyway. Should I admit to you that this book is only seventy-five pages long? And that the typeface is relative large? And that the line spacing is generous?
And yet I still crywtal bring myself to finish it? I had the best of intentions. I would think to myself: Now I am really, really, really going to sit crysyal to read Rock Crystal. I am rcystal pysched about reading a bunch of scrupulous descriptions of the trees, the valleys, the mountains, the shrubs, the streams, the leaves, and the socioeconomic milieu of two Alpine valley communities circa the first half of the s.
Won’t that be fun? In two minutes I’m gonna go get that book and read the fuck out of it. It’s gonna be, like, a totally transcendent experience. I am having so much fun thinking about all the fun I’m going to have reading about the father’s shoemaking business and why the townspeople prefer his shoes to anyone else’s.
Any minute now I am going find myself so tempted by this beguiling, charming tale of two lost imps that I’ll desperately crave a hasty return to those Bohemian villiages. In fact, I’ll never want the story to end.
I mean, look at the cover It’s so icy and pretty. It’s reminds me of Marlon Brando’s crystalline tract home on Krypton in the first Superman crysyal. Or an Apple store. Something clean, crisp, cool, refreshing. Like crjstal glass of Perrier with a so-thin-you-can-read-through-it slice of cucumber in it.
That’s what this book is like. And that’s why I can’t wait to get back to it. I don’t even care if I have those two new DVDs waiting to be watched. They’re stifte not good anyway, right? They’re surely not about a pair of Lederhosen-wearing scamps yodeling their way through the Alps on a heartwarming Christmastime trek. What could be better, really? Books like this lift me up to a higher plateau of consciousness.
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The penthouse drystal consciousness, you might say. Ten more minutes, and then holy shit I am very, very, very, rockk excited. I wonder if The Biggest Loser is on I read the introduction. That’s how I know. Death would have really added something to this novel, I think. This thing was just way too prim, starchy, and antiseptic.
I imagined the author wearing a pince-nez and long gloves and using a cigarette holder while he wrote it. It’s almost as if a dewy-eyed Hegel in crytal tried his hand at novel-writing and the manuscript were found long after his death by I don’t know, Susan Sontag or someone who wrote their jacket blurb before they had even bothered to read the damn thing.
View all 29 comments. Feb 27, Geoff rated it it was amazing. Rejoice in the tininess of this not-grand tale a snowflake and the sweet kindness it contains the long dreamy sigh of winter will find its spring. It’s short and can be read in an hour or so, so read it to your children or children you rcok know.
View all 17 comments. Dec 17, Hilary rated it really liked it Recommended to Hilary by: This short story is set in a mountain village high in the Alps. Poetic descriptions of the breathtaking beauty rocl extreme harshness of the area. The story is quiet and reads like a fairy tale or folk tale.
It is a simple story and one best read stifer knowing much about it. This is the sort of story you expect to read is based on real events, but if it is, it doesn’t say. Why introductions are included that give away the whole plot and ending, I don’t know. I never read them first anyway but th This short story is set in a mountain village high in the Alps. I never read them first anyway but this edition, just in case you escaped the spoilers in the intro, gives the whole plot on the back of the book too!
Thank you to goodreads friends Booklady and Susan for recommending this wonderful book, and thank you to Susan for pointing out the double spoilers that sandwich this story front stifyer back!
Beautifully descriptive, simple but wonderful, this short novella tells the story of two children lost in the mountains. The care that Conner takes of his little sister is so incredibly poignant as is the way she listen to absolutely everything he says, the amazing trust she show in adalbfrt brother.
Loved the way all the villagers pulled together to search for the missing children. Much can be read into this story, interpretations of a Christian nature, acceptance into village life and a survival st Beautifully descriptive, simple but wonderful, this short novella tells the story of two children lost in the crystsl. Much can be read into this story, interpretations of a Christian nature, acceptance into village life and a survival story where young Crgstal showed love and wisdom beyond his years.
View all 8 comments. Feb 13, Sandy rated it it was amazing Shelves: In this very unusual story, two aadlbert travel a familiar route from their home in an alpine valley to visit their maternal grandparents who live in a neighbouring valley.