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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The sight of Olimpia’s eyes lying on the ground drives Nathanael to madness, and he flies at the professor to strangle him.

Why, even if you had not believed in the Sandman, Coppelius would still have seemed to you a monster, especially dangerous to children. 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 hogfmann start out bleeding from their heads.

Then your friends asked you: It made me feel quite uncanny, and I crept softly away… Nathaniel discovers that Spalanzani keeps Olympia sqndman away from others. You are commenting using hffmann Twitter account. I can only suspect what he means, and yet I feel as if it were all very true. The Sandman really is one odd and off sally; or really two sallies, since the second half seems to have only a passing acquaintance with the first.

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

Original review posted here There is absolutely no reason for people to avoid reading this story. Liebe und Eifersucht Undine. Strike me down before you attack each other.


From my little chamber I could hear how he entered my father’s room, and then it was that I seemed to detect a thin vapor with a singular dandman spreading through the house. Hoffmann’s stories were very influential during the 19th century, and he is one of the major authors of the Romantic movement.

To me alone was the love in her glances revealed, and it has pierced my mind and all my thought; only in the love of Olympia do I discover my real self. Nevertheless, as he looked more keenly through the glass, it seemed to him as if moist moonbeams were rising in Olympia’s eyes. For how can I live on if my lover murders my brother, or my brother murders my lover.

Was the Sandman actually real? Of central importance is the “eyes” theme interpreted by Freud in his essay, The Uncannyas fear of castrationthe “steps”, sandmam robot, and laughing. hoffmann

Der Sandmann

Pechorin’s Journal A literary blog. Coppelius begins taking “shining masses” out of the fire and hammering them into face-like shapes without eyes. Nov 23, Manybooks rated it really liked it Shelves: Once he had a remarkable forte for graceful, lively tales, which he wrote down, and to which Clara listened with the greatest delight; now his creations were gloomy, incomprehensible and formless, so that although, out of compassion, Clara did not x so, he plainly felt how little she was interested.

Olympia’s hand was as cold as ice; he felt a horrible deathly chill thrilling through him.


Nathaniel felt as though a heavy and oppressive burden had been rolled away, as though by resisting the dark power that held him fast he had sandma his whole being, which had been threatened with annihilation. All of a sudden it struck Nathaniel that the cold, prosaic Sigismund sanmdan very well towards him; he therefore shook his proffered hand very heartily.

I lately went up his stairs, and perceived that the curtain, which was generally drawn completely over a glass tje, left a little opening on one side. Olympia played the harpsichord with great dexterity, and sang a virtuoso piece, with a voice like the sound of a glass bell, clear and almost piercing. Books I want to share with you. Ist der Sandmann echt oder nur eine Illusionen?

Have you ever known something that has completely filled your heart, thoughts and senses, to the exclusion of every other object?

As if spellbound, Nathaniel reclined against the window, meditating on the charming Olympia. Written inand she’s programmed to say ‘Oh! Trivia About Der Sandmann. Ah, my dear Nathaniel, how could such a horrible thing have crossed your path? This tale begins with three letters, but hocfmann it continuos through the eyes of a writer it’s strange yes, just read it and then he tells us what happens next.

He has known Coppola for years and, moreover, it is clear from his accent that he is really hoffmanm Piedmontese.