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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Some writers have taken a small set of circumstances and through literary skills have transformed the events and characters into something over and beyond the simple story on which the work is based. Stifter’s prose is quite admirable, although the story itself is nothing out of the way. Should I admit to you that this book is only seventy-five pages long? I generally shared the sentiments of the other two reviewers — though a sfifter story, it is very well written.

So begins the all-but-forgotten Austrian writer Adalbert Stifter’s novella Rock Crystalevery re-reading of which is, for me, exactly like the first time I read it: It is a simple story and one best read without knowing much about it. Conrad gamely tries to lead Sanna out of danger but only gets them more lost. The Moravian Night by Peter Handke.

Dec 17, Hilary rated it really liked it Recommended to Hilary by: Al mattino vengono trovati dai soccorritori, e gli abitanti dei due paesi, che fino ad allora si erano pacificamente ignorati, adesso fraternizzano. Preview — Rock Crystal by Adalbert Stifter.

This is a slow preamble to what becomes a quickly-paced tale, and although dry at first it is purposefully executed. View all 5 comments. I wonder if The Biggest Loser is on You are commenting using your WordPress. And that the line spacing is generous? Taking refuge in a stone cave or hut, Conrad and Susanna are kept awake – and from freezing to death – by a vial of coffee extract given as a gift by their grandmother, then by a stirring and inexplicable light show over a vast ice field at midnight, which the young girl sees as the coming of the Christ-child.


It is about harmony: A piece somewhere between a short story and a novella, it’s very Victorian actually Austrian, pub. It is no more than 25, words, if that, but in this short space Stifter transports the reader to the heart of the world’s mystery, before returning him to a comfortable dailiness that henceforth cannot help but feel haunted.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The sister, Sanna, only says “Yes” to her brother, which drove me bonkers. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

It is the day before Christmas but the weather is mild, though of course night falls adalbrrt in Stitfer and the children are warned not to linger. For instance, the game older brother constantly advises the helpless younger sister who replies, “Yes, Conrad,” to his every word.


See all 20 reviews. Only the most skillful of writers could produce so much adxlbert so little. Imagine a landscape painting, an old master: And the children try to learn about this unfamiliar world. Two young children, a brother and his younger sister named Conrad and Sanna, take a trip on foot early Christmas Eve morning.

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Like a glass of Perrier with roc, so-thin-you-can-read-through-it slice of cucumber in it. Who am I kidding? That is an added bonus to me. But it did not take me long to realize in fact that Adalbert Stifter was very good at this craft of writing.


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It adalbeft an enduring Christmas tale that movingly rewards each reading. I had never heard of it or the author, which probably made it that much more enjoyable. View all 29 comments.

I can see why some people find Rock Crystal sweet, others cloying – I’m midway. Cryztal a relief to find Stifter celebrating humanism and the sublimity of human life, even in a remote cleft of traditional decency in a valley surrounded by titanic peaks and glacial eternities. Rock Crystal Adalbert Stifter Limited preview – sfifter Rock Crystal 51 42 Jan 08, The translation by Elizabeth Mayer and the oet, Marianne Moore, the syifter pictures by Josef Scharl, combine to match the delicacy of the tale.

Stifter’s own life failed to avoid catastrophe: For scenery description, I’d give this 5 stars, unfortunately there is also a story. It was a great relief for me to read this classic novella, recommended to me by my trans-Pacific amazonian book sharer.

White Sands by Geoff Dyer 26 May, My sessions were only good for a very few pages at each seating. Then two little children get lost in the mountains. It’s also a tale of a simple close-knit community that responds with humane crystl to a possible tragedy and knits together even more closely through realization of shared joys and dangers.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Rock Crystal is a religious parable of natural, proto-transcendentalist beauty. New York Review Books,