Tag: German literature

Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Posted November 27, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Defense against the Dark Arts: Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill

Otfried Preussler, Krabat and the Sorcerer’s Mill (1971) My second German Literature month pick was a classic fantasy from the splendid-as-always New York Review Children’s Collection. I found it a fascinating and highly skillful variation on the themes of traditional folklore, playing with motifs of power, entrapment, love, sacrifice, and freedom. Krabat is an urchin […]

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Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Posted November 23, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
Living in the Mystery: The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse

Jack Zipes, editor/translator, The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse (1995) While Witch Week was going on, I was reading a collection of Hermann Hesse’s short fiction that in some way references the fairy tale tradition (doing double duty for German Literature Month). I loved The Glass Bead Game when I read it years ago, and […]

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