The Tales of Hoffmann

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-08-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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This selection of Hoffmann's finest short stories vividly demonstrates his intense imagination and preoccupation with the supernatural, placing him at the forefront of both surrealism and the modern horror genre. Suspense dominates tales such as Mademoiselle de Scudery, in which an apprentice goldsmith and a female novelist find themselves caught up in a series of jewel thefts and murders. In the sinister The Sandman, a young man's sanity is tormented by fears about a mysterious chemist, while in The Choosing of a Bride a greedy father preys on the weaknesses of his daughter's suitors. Master of the bizarre, Hoffman creates a sinister and unsettling world combining love and madness, black humour and bewildering illusion.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7(10)
Mademoiselle de Scudery
The Sandman
The Artushof
Councillor Krespel
The Entail
Doge and Dogaressa
The Mines at Falun
The Choosing of the Bride

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