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The Serapion Brethren - Volume 2

E. T. A. Hoffmann

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. . .That is really most terrible! Oh! I am sure I should have died if anything like that had happened to me! But I have often woke up from sleep, suddenly, feeling an indescribable, inexplicable alarm and anxiety, as if I had been going through something terrible and alarming; and yet, I had not the slightest idea what it was that I had been going through, nor the very faintest recollection of any fearful dream, or anything of that kind. Rather I seemed to be waking from some condition of complete unconsciousness, like death."

"I know that feeling perfectly well," Dagobert said. "Perhaps it points straight to the effect upon us of psychical influences external to us, to which we are compelled to yield ourselves up, whether we choose or not. Just as the mesmeric subject has no remembrance of the mesmeric sleep, or of anything which happens in it. Perhaps that sense of fear and anxiety which we feel on awaking (as we have said), of whi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Weird and wonderful short story anthology.

What may be more desirable to young literary talents and connoisseurs of music and art than a creative union so they can gather to read their tales to each other and discus arts? There is such creative alliance and it is called The Serapion Brethren
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I highly recommend the Ewing translation as the only place in English you will see the original Hoffmann tales in the context of the essential frame story. All other English translations remove the frame story and present the tales out of their original context and order which can dramatically chang