Rock Crystal

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A seemingly simple fable of two children lost in a glittering landscape, is eloquent in its innocence but is imbued with an awareness of the fragility of life. This is a wintry story of village life in the high mountains but also a parable of belief and faith. The rock crystals of the title are the shards of ice of the glacier that dominates the landscape.

Author Biography: Adalbert Stifter grew up in the idyllic landscape of 19th century Bohemia and was educated at the ...

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Overview

A seemingly simple fable of two children lost in a glittering landscape, is eloquent in its innocence but is imbued with an awareness of the fragility of life. This is a wintry story of village life in the high mountains but also a parable of belief and faith. The rock crystals of the title are the shards of ice of the glacier that dominates the landscape.

Author Biography: Adalbert Stifter grew up in the idyllic landscape of 19th century Bohemia and was educated at the University of Vienna. He developed a passion for painting and it was not until 1840 that he published his first novel and was feted in Viennese literary circles until his death in 1868.

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Two children, Conrad and Sanna, walk from their village in the Alps to visit their grandparents the day before Christmas. On their journey home, they take a wrong turn and are feared lost in a snowstorm. Lyrical and descriptive, this brief tale by Austrian writer, poet, and painter Stifter (1805-68) will do well where literary fiction is appreciated.


—Rebecca Vnuk
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"A tale of almost unendurable suspense." -The New York Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615572229
  • Publisher: New York Review Books
  • Publication date: 11/6/2009
  • Series: New York Review Books Classics Series
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adalbert Stifter (1805-1868) was an Austrian writer, painter and tutor to the Viennese aristocracy. Informally part of the so-called Biedermeier movement in German-language literature, he has been celebrated by both German and English writers, including Rilke, von Hofmannsthal, Mann, Hesse, Auden and Sebald, and is particularly famed for his vivid descriptions of natural landscapes in his literary work.
Adalbert Stifter’s The Bachelors is also published by Pushkin Press.

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