Set in an idyllic frame story , old legends are worked into a Christian-humanist allegory about ideas of good and evil. Though the novel is initially divided, what is originally the internal story, later spills over into the frame story as well. The story is characterized by its complex narrative structure, its conservative Christian motifs and symbolism, and its precise descriptions of the social dynamics of the village. The novella begins with a christening party at a farm, during the course of which a few of the guests in front of the house go for a walk. It catches the godmother 's eye that although the house is newly built, an old black post is built into it. At her inquiry, the grandfather tells everyone the story of the post.

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Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. Jeremias Gotthelf was the pseudonym of Albert Bitzius , a Protestant pastor and one of Switzerland's most prolific writers of fiction. For all the didacticism of his work, he is admired for the power of his psychological observation, the human interest of his plots and the liveliness of his narrative style.

Die Schwartze Spinne is the Novelle for which Gotthelf is most widely known. It is richly symbolic and imaginative tale with levels of meaning well beyond the simple triumph of Good over Evil.

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Gotthelf: Die Schwarze Spinne




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