And yet, there it is, Jeremias Gotthelf’s “The Black Spider” (or, as it was titled in its original German, “Die schwarze Spinne”), holding pride of place in Jones. The Black Spider. by Jeremias Gotthelf. Translated by Susan Bernofsky. NYRB Classics, I picked up The Black Spider because of its. A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf.

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That can be a lot easier said than done, though. It’s a happy occasion, and everything seems to be going well — but a guest remarks that, while the new house is such a splendid, perfect structure, there is blac, blemish, a: Only an act of courageous self-sacrifice will defeat it.

But these villagers are the direct descendants of the ones we see later, howling at each other, striking jeremiaz other down, and struggling to hand a child over to the devil. In he was received as a pastor.

Instead, he is taken wholly by happenstance. It purported to be the life of Jeremias Gotthelf, narrated by himself, and this name was later adopted by the author as his pen name. The only time that worked out was in a Charlie Daniels song, jermeias Bedazzled but Brendan Fraser had to go through a lot of crap first, so there.

A black mark appears on her face, which grew into the shape of a black spider. It’s a bit campy and moralistic, but literary enough to possibly appeal to readers of H. Published for spooooky thw On an ongoing level, sustained faith is necessary to keep the community from being destroyed.

And oh, what a story it is. In the village, calamity spreads and the cattle died in their stalls. In many ways, The Black Spider is quite a simple religious allegorical tale, but it does have some jeremais terrifying and horrific moments. Ejremias any case, I award points for inventive creativity, if nothing else. Die schwarze Spinne by Jeremias Gotthelf. They do not reach a decision so keremias return to their village. He weaves, from the security of the first section, a genuinely horrific and disturbing tale of a demon black spider that punishes all those who have defied God and tried to short-circuit the demands of authority with an appeal to the Devil.

There his body was found, and his helmet; the spider’s feet had burned their way through the helmet and into his brain, igniting jeremiax most horrific flames there, until death overtook him. It sketches the development of a poor country orphan boy, but is not an autobiography. To ask balck readers questions about Die schwarze Spinneplease sign up. Better to be killed than to follow your own judgement, or to learn from your mistakes even a single zpider or to take responsibility for jeremlas choices and correct your course!


It goes without saying that many religious-minded people have lost their ability to fear God. It tells a simple compelling story of how the devil, in the form of a large lethal spider, was allowed to prey upon a peaceful community, twice: Regardless of Bitzius’ own views we are not expertthere is much meat for a cultural analysis of Middle European pre-modernity in its last soider in this story.

Somehow all of this unjust misery, mayhem and lives cut short is worth it if the lesson that god will add even more capricious pain and death gets through to the stupid trailer-trash that more mindless love and prayers for forgiveness for unknown transgressions is required!

In sudden terror she had flinched, almost dropping the child, and since that moment the pain had not relented but instead grew more acute from hour to hour.

The book is not a satire or a comedy, but is written as a deadly serious, if entertaining, morality tale, with familiar themes in Christian theology.

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Read at your own peril. But his deepest interest lay in the human life which surrounded him, which spoke to him daily in dirge or psalm. At first it seems that Christine will be the heroine of this story, but in fact she becomes the villain. His vision of Satan is truly skin-crawling.

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Some of the best fire-and-brimstone preachers in history have capitalized on this fact. A classic in horror literature first published in”The Black Spider” still manages to provoke dread in readers. He says he can help them out: The fire is going.

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. They tried both worldly and spiritual arts against this curse, but in vain; before the day dawned, all the animals in the stable had died. But then a mysterious stranger, the green man, arrives.


The Devil seals the promise with a kiss. Though notorious for his strong reformist views on education and the plight of the poor, Gotthelf was one of the most important novelists in Switzerland and of the German language in that period.

In story 1 the entire village is screwed, no matter if the serfs were good people or sinful view spoiler [ lesson – don’t let strangers kiss you and all peasants are expendablehide spoiler gottyelf and in horrific story 2 a household of low-class people are poisoned view spoiler [and changed instantly into rotting corpses they jwremias primarily unimportant wives and mothers-in-laws or low-life servants, so hide spoiler ] – the lesson to be learned is apparently the best protection from god’s wrath is to be a white male of substance and leisure.

Unjustly oppressed, the serfs enter into gottuelf pact with the devil, which leads to encounters of a creepy crawly kind. This is a story within a story type of book which I love. Finally, Christine convinced the farmers to accept the bargain, believing that they could escape it by baptizing every child immediately at birth.

One of these, a Hans von Stoffeln, was particularly demanding. There is a lot of richness to the text- a sense of historical time,class struggle,feminism,though,to be fair,the frame tale tends to drag towards the gotthlef.

The Knight von Stoffeln, tortures, maims, beats, starves and murders his peasants while enjoying a very decadent lifestyle. When times are bad, we do nothing but question why: And, regardless of what situation one has gotten into, acting honorably and trusting in god — rather than, say, trying to pull a fast one on powers far greater than you, or abandoning your fellow men to their fates — remains the way to go. View all 6 comments. 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.

A great feast has been prepared for the occasion, and Gotthelf describes it in amusingly excessive detail. Anyway, I’m making this sound like a culinary textbook. The Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister wrote a one act opera based on the story inwhich was first performed as a radio opera.