By E. T. A. Hoffman. NATHANAEL TO LOTHAIR. I know you are all very uneasy because I have not written for such a long, long time. Mother, to be sure, is angry, . The Sandman is coming, I can see.” And certainly on all these occasions I heard something with a heavy, slow step go bouncing up the stairs. That I thought. E.T.A. Hoffmann has to be one of my favourite authors and The Sandman is one of my favourite of Hoffmann’s stories, it is also the most famous.

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Moreover, it had creaked audibly. For how can I live on if my lover murders my brother, or my brother murders my lover. Nathaniel’s heart trembled within him, but remembering what Spalanzani had told him about his compatriot Coppola, and also the firm promise he had made to Clara with respect to the Sandman Coppelius, he felt ashamed of his childish fear and, collecting himself with all hoffmaann might, said as softly and civilly as possible: After he emotionally reads this poem to her, she tells him to throw the insane poem into the fire.

The Sandman (short story)

What about the story really made your hair stand on end? Her pace is strangely regular, every movement seems to depend on some wound-up clockwork. She urges Nathaniel to dismiss the fantastic thoughts from his mind. He looked like Coppelius, whom I saw brandishing red-hot tongs, which he used to take glowing masses out of the thick smoke; which objects he afterwards hammered.

One cannot really answer for this,’ said some. And now Nathaniel saw that a pair of eyes lay upon the ground, staring at him; uoffmann Spalanzani caught up, with his unwounded hand, and flung into his bosom.

She is saved by Lothar, but in the crowd that gathers below Coppelius appears, and upon seeing him Nathanael cries “pretty eyes, pretty eyes!

His words were merged into one hideous roar like that of a brute, and in this insane condition he was taken raging to the mad-house. Reminded me of Frankenstein in a lot of places Nathanael’s actions and letters basically screamed Victor Frankenstein to me as well as the origin of him and Thd relationship especially with the whole ‘how hoffmannn can we go with science and technology in terms of humanity’ thing that Olimpia represented.


Such a short but brilliant book. Nathaniel rushed in, overcome by the most inexpressible anguish.

Spallanzani gives a grand party at which it is reported that his daughter will be presented in public for the first time. But many were not satisfied with this; the story of the automaton had struck deep root into their souls and, in fact, a pernicious mistrust of human figures in general had begun to creep in.

‘The Sandman’ by E.T.A. Hoffmann | Intermittencies of the Mind

He is a wicked man, who comes to children when they won’t go to bed, and throws a handful of sand into their eyes, so that they start out bleeding from their heads. Personally, I couldn’t connect with the story. At last, driven by an irresistible impulse, I resolved hoffmmann hide myself in my father’s room and await his appearance there.

Nathaniel looks into Clara’s eyes, but it is death that looks kindly upon him from her eyes. At times I felt Stephen King might have borrowed from him, since it reminded me a bit of his stories. Indeed, it is quite incredible that the mind which so often peers out of those bright, smiling, childish eyes with all hoffmahn charm of a dream, could make such intelligent professorial definitions.

Hoffman manages to keep everything ambigious, the line between madness, malevolence or the possible supernatural is constantly wavering, till we have no idea what’s real or imagined by our mad protagonist and that is exactly the way I like it. Simplicity has a beauty of it’s own.

Everything, his whole life, had become to him a dream sandmann a foreboding, and he was always saying that man, although he might think himself free, only served for the cruel sport of dark powers These he said it was vain to resist; man must patiently resign himself to his fate.

His name is the same as that of the famous natural philosopher Spalanzani, and he is of Italian origin. At last the combined force of many succeeded in overcoming him, in flinging rhe to the ground and binding him. Quotes from Gruselkabinett It occurred to him, however, in the end to make his gloomy foreboding, that Coppelius would destroy his happiness, the subject of a poem.


The Sandman by ETA Hoffmann – review

Hoffmann — two centuries have gone but they still remain enigmatic, startling and morosely nocturnal. Written in epistolary style, The Sandman grows in intensity, the story taking strange twists and turns until coming to an amazing, horrifying climax.

Nathanael believes that a barometer-seller who arrived recently at his rooms under the name Giuseppe Coppola is none other than the hated Coppelius, and he is determined to seek vengeance. My father was very cheerful, and was entertaining us with stories about his travels in his youth; when, as the clock struck nine, we heard the house-door groan on its hinges, and slow steps, heavy as lead, creaked through the passage and up the stairs.

I had my hodfmann on it for a while my plan was to read in German back when I had to read some German novels; glad I didn’t read it back then though, because a I don’t know that much German and b I think it’s even better in English I can’t compare it though, but I mean that I understand it now more I think than when I read it in German. There is a psychological layer to it, as the mephistophelian villain seems to have no effect on bystanders, and disappears as if he was never there after the first attack.

Year End Review 4: Year End Review 5: How shall I make you in any way realize that what happened to me a few days ago can really have had such a fatal effect on hoffman life?

Besides, it is quite certain that the barometer-dealer, Giuseppe Coppola, is not the advocate Coppelius. I enjoyed nothing better than reading or hearing horrible stories of goblins, witches, pigmies, etc.

His intercourse with my father began more and more to occupy my fancy. If the collection that you read did not include the Sandman, then I urge you to download this work which is very strong on its ohffmann and will most certainly help you to better enjoy those tales that you have already read.