The Golden Pot


Translated from by

Published: October 24, 2023


ISBN: 9781953861702
This item will be released on October 24, 2023.


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Book Description

The ringing of crystal bells heralds the arrival of a beguiling snake, and a student’s descent into lunacy; a young man abandons his betrothed for a woman who plays the piano skillfully but seems worryingly wooden; a counselor’s daughter must choose between singing and her life. Music and madness are tightly wound strands flowing through E.T.A. Hoffmann’s phantasmagoric stories. Whether a surrealist exploration of the anxieties surrounding automation, or a mystery concerning a goldsmith, missing jewels, and a spate of murders, each tale in this collection reveals the complexities of human desire and fear. Peter Wortsman’s masterful new translation allows Hoffmann’s distinct and influential style to shine, while breathing new life into stories that seem both familiar and uncanny.

Praise for E.T.A. Hoffman

One can hardly breathe when one reads Hoffmann.
Robert Schumann

Hoffmann is the unrivalled master of the uncanny in literature.
Sigmund Freud

A man of rare and singular genius…we attribute the unrivalled effect which [The Devil’s Elixir], as a whole, produces on the imagination, to nothing so much as the admirable art with which the author has married dreams to realities, the air of truth which his wildest fantasies draw from the neighbourhood of things which we all feel to be simply and intensely human and true.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine