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Author:
Jeremias Gotthelf
ISBN13:
978-0714501260
ISBN:
0714501263
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Riverrun Pr (July 1, 1980)
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1947 kb
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The Black Spider first published in 1842 JEREMIAS GOTTHELF was the pseudonym by which the Swiss pastor .

The Black Spider first published in 1842. This translation first published by John Calder (Publishers) Ltd in 1958. Reprinted by John Calder (Publishers) Ltd in 1980. JEREMIAS GOTTHELF was the pseudonym by which the Swiss pastor Albert Bitzius, who died in 1854, was known as a writer of prose fiction. the day on which the whole plant world grows closer towards heaven, blooming in luxuriant plenty as an annually recurring symbol to man of his own destiny.

The Black Spider book. An NYRB Classics Original It is a sunny summer Sunday in a remote Swiss village, and a christening is being celebrated at a lovely old farmhouse

The Black Spider book. An NYRB Classics Original It is a sunny summer Sunday in a remote Swiss village, and a christening is being celebrated at a lovely old farmhouse. One of the guests notes an anomaly in the fabric of the venerable edifice: a blackened post that has been carefully built into a trim new window frame.

Jeremias Gotthelf, the pen name of Albert Bitzius (1797–1854), was a Swiss pastor and the author of novels, novellas, 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

Jeremias Gotthelf, the pen name of Albert Bitzius (1797–1854), was a Swiss pastor and the author of novels, novellas, 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. After the success of his first novel, Der Bauernspiegel oder Lebensgeschichte des Jeremias Gotthelf: Von ihm selbst beschrieben (The Peasants’ Mirror; or, The Life History of Jeremias Gotthelf: Described by Himself; 1836) the author adopted the name of the story’s protagonist.

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The Black Spider is a novella by the Swiss writer Jeremias Gotthelf written in 1842. Set in an idyllic frame story, old legends are worked into a Christian-humanist allegory about ideas of good and evil. Though the novel is initially divided, what is originally the internal story, later spills over into the frame story as well. 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.

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After one of their own people repeatedly fails to live up to a pact with the Devil, a petty and morally backrupt village community is plagued by a swarm of deadly black spiders. Using a complex narrative structure, Gotthelf's cautionary novella shrewdly dissects teh iniquitous social dynamics of rural life. First published in 1842, The Black Spider displays its author's talent for dark satire and realism, as well as the visionay powers of his imagination. Translated by H. M. Waidson.

THE BLACK SPIDER by German writer Jeremias Gotthelf is such a horror and perhaps ahead of it's time-originally published in 1842-the book has much religious allegory about the evil in the world and a Christian theme o. .

THE BLACK SPIDER by German writer Jeremias Gotthelf is such a horror and perhaps ahead of it's time-originally published in 1842-the book has much religious allegory about the evil in the world and a Christian theme of wanting to much, bartering with the devil, etc. but it could also takes on a flavor of Knights of the Round Table/Sword. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

After one of their own people repeatedly fails to live up to a pact with the Devil, a petty and morally bankrupt village community is plagued by a swarm of deadly black spiders. Using a complex narrative structure, Gotthelf ’s cautionary novella shrewdly dissects the iniquitous social dynamics of rural life.

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  • Like many a classic from the Canterbury Tales onwards, The Black Spider consists of stories placed within another story. The embracing story was, at the time of writing (1842), set in fairly recent times and described familiar and entirely believable circumstances centered on a baptism in an Alpine village. The baptism over, and considerable quantities of food and drink having been consumed, an old man is asked why he has incorporated in a new house a window post from a much older dwelling. The first of the two stories nested within the main narrative then commences.

    That first story is set in the same location, but in mediaeval times, a time when it was perhaps more believable that the devil would make a personal appearance, unleashing many metaphysical effects and the Black Death, of which a hideous black spider and its spawn are the vectors. After several waves of the Black Death have passed through, killing a significant proportion of the population and leaving many houses and farms abandoned, the spider is successfully contained.

    We return to the 19th century baptism. Before long, grandfather is pressed for details of events several generations after his first tale, when the spider was allowed to escape and again brought great suffering and destruction to the valley. Thus the second nested story gets underway.

    All is very moral, and reflects great credit on the faithful clergy and their "weapons", including their holy water; also on strong-minded individuals prepared to sacrifice themselves for the greater common good. The relative status and roles of men and women in the community are much as one would expect, but that is not to say that the women do not have a voice, and some women are identified as morally stronger than many men, There is an interesting reflection on the importance in a peasant society of wives being physically strong, and a definite prejudice against women marrying-in from outside. The woman responsible for the spider was from Lindau, fully 90 miles from Gotthelf's Emmental.

    A friend who teaches German, but who is no believer in the devil in any real sense, recounts that every year when introducing this story to her students the spider oppresses her anew. For the story to have its full effect in any language other than German, we are dependent on a translator. B O Adefope's translation into English (Knightscross European Heritage edition) has been criticized for being too literal to capture Gotthelf's style, but it is successful in communicating a powerful story. His introduction can be skipped. On making a quick comparison in a bookshop, I didn't detect any significant differences between Adefope's translation and that of H M Waidson in the newer Oneworld edition (The Black Spider: Oneworld Classics). Waidson's introduction is, however, of greater general interest and use, and that edition is currently more readily available.

  • This novel starts out tranquilly as a group of friends and family gather for a christening at a Swiss farmhouse. Everything about it is idyllic, from the flowing green grass to the immaculate cleaness of the house itself. One of the visitors notices a black board in one of the window frames that clashes with the color of the house. He asks why it's there and an elderly grandfather begins the tale of the Black Spider. During the 1400's the valley was ruled by a succession of cruel knights and one of the worst was Hans von Stofflen who treats his serfs as slaves, beating them and cursing them in their destitution. After building a castle for him, he commands them to transplant 100 full-grown beech trees from another site to line a shady boulevard for him. There is no way to do this. That's when the Devil shows up and of course says he could do what is required easily-- for a price! He wants a newborn baby. Of course this puts the peasants into a dilemma. To trust in God to offer some method of salvation or to take the quicker, easier way of Satan. One woman, Christine, takes it upon herself to agree to the Devil's terms. The village goes along with her decision in the false hope that after the trees are planted they can doublecross the Prince of Lies. Gotthelf was way ahead of his time in terms of portraying the mob mentality of the villagers. They are petrified until Christine takes action and becomes an easy scapegoat. In case anything goes wrong, they can say it was her fault. You feel sorry for them because they, (pardon the cliche), are between a rock and a hard place. If they don't finish the boulevard, their lord will take his vengance on them, if they do they have to give up one of their own. When the black spider is unleashed by Satan to punish the villagers, it seems as though God is taking a hand in it too. They fear the knight more than God. The book seems very reminescent of the Bible tales in which the Jews would fall out of line and then God would punish them for their transgressions. They would renounce their evil ways for a generation or two and then it was the same cycle over again. Once the spider enters the picture the horror truly begins because it can appear anywhere. You cannot run from it. You cannot harm it. Its touch is death. It's a shame this book is out of print. Hunt it down. It's great.

  • Since the above edition is all but impossible to obtain--unless you have a spare couple hundred dollars lying around--the same novella is in the book "Nineteenth Century German Tales" ed. by Angel Flores. This volume, which is also a little hard to find, has the added bonus of other wonderful stories from the German Romantic era by Jean Paul Richter, Heinrich von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffman, Jeremias Gotthelf, Adalbert Stifter, Gottfried Keller, & Eduard Morike. Good Hunting!!!

  • Black Spider does have the feel of something written in the Middle Ages. The Story is very simple and could have been told in 25 or so pages. All the other reviewers seemed to just love this book. I did like the portrayal of the mob-mentality and I thought the black spider was a good allegory for the black death.

    However, the message of the book is very heavy-handed and the characters are one dimensional. After hitting the reader on the head repeatedly about how he/she ought to live a good Christian life, after awhile my attitude was "O.K., Jeremias, I've got your point already." In different hands this might have been an enjoyable little horror story.