Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Jeremias Gotthelf () war das Pseudonym des Die schwarze Spinne: Novelle (German Edition) Kindle Edition. Die Schwarze Spinne is a religious allegory about morals and religious living in the mid-nineteenth century, written by Jeremias Gotthelf. This work is an. About Gotthelf: Die Schwarze Spinne. Jeremias Gotthelf was the pseudonym of Albert Bitzius (), a Protestant pastor and one of Switzerland’s most.

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Henceforth Bitzius was a prolific writer, and in the last 18 years of his life became one of the important novelists not only of Switzerland but of the German language in general. This story, written before when it gottehlf first translated into English, is a combination of “The Devil and Daniel Webster” and “Arachnophobia”.

And this is precisely the function of the narrative itself.

Aber auch das neue Haus ward wiederum alt und klein, wurmstichig und faul sein Holz, nur der Posten hier blieb fest und eisenhart.

An allegory, perhaps; and a crackling gtothelf read.

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Written inand despite reflecting attitudes common to the era about women and class, it is as spinns and horrific and disgusting as any modern horror novel!

The concept is ridiculous.

The grandfather tells how a few centuries before, the village had been ruled by a Teutonic Knight named Hans von Stoffeln, who worked the farmers of the village very hard. Da sahen alle nach Christine sich um, aber keiner sah sie. Clearly this is secondary to the religious allegory on show here, but it adds a fascinating extra layer to the story.

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Die schwarze Spinne

If you are gonna make deals with the devil, don’t think you can pull a fast one on him. Somit spitzte er seinen Mund gegen Christines Gesicht, und Christine konnte nicht fliehen, war wiederum wie gebannt, steif und starr.

Ein einziges Haus hatte das Untier bis dahin verschont und war nie in demselben erschienen; es war das Haus, in welchem Christine gewohnt, aus welchem sie das Kindlein geraubet. Oct 30, Greg Brozeit rated it liked it Shelves: While both sides would like to claim possession of the Absolute Truth, the real truth is: Who am Schwagze kidding?

Die schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf

At this dire moment, the Devilin the form of a wild hunter, offered his assistance with the replanting. Both seek a path to redemption, they just have differing ways of getting there. The first course, incidentally, is a crazy local speciality that sounds like some sort schwarzd sweet-savoury mulled wine, yum: Buddy read with the spookalicious Karly.

However, spinnne those of a critical and questioning turn of mind, the unintentional exposure of the logical craziness and incoherence behind the theology is screamingly apparent.

Gotthelf: Die Schwarze Spinne

The story of Jesus and all that stuff reads like sci-fi to me. A novella-length piece written by a Swiss pastor in that initially seems to serve more as a religious parable than anything else I am curious to how gorthelf original would stack up, because this is spine serious non-crunchy classic in its translated form.

There is a Faustian bargain in the story within the story. When the magical green man the devil offers a temporary fix to their imminent death from overwork, aristocratic caprice or starvation, they think it over and wonder if they should accept his offer to deliver the beeches in the time specified by the wicked lord.


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 schwarzd society at a specific time and place making it a good story for historical fiction readers.

So, after a delightfully described domestic affair of celebration, love, hope and shared bliss for the first 24 pages, the author sends the reader to a dark place of pain, death and eternal burning.

View all 12 comments. The first quarter of the book roughly 25 pages gives the reader a detailed account of the christening party and the various personages in attendance, but things get serious when the grandfather tells a story to explain the strange window post that jars so inharmoniously in one wall.

Christine—the fallen Christian and, of course, a woman—and Christian—a more aggressive Jesus-like character and, of course, a man. The holy men race to each birth with holy water, beating Christine in the race to claim the babes by seconds! Originally published in by the Swiss pastor Jeremias Gotthelf and translated several times into English, this classic horror story was one of Thomas Spinbe favorite tales and played a role in the psinne of Doctor Faustus.

Die Mutter freute sich des Lobes und sagte: I am fascinated and horrified by the thought that, somewhere out there, great cosmic bogeymen float in the ether, and we are merely dust particles to them. Retrieved from ” https: