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Das Haidedorf   By: (1805-1868)

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Das Haidedorf is a beautifully written novel by Adalbert Stifter that transports readers to a small village nestled in the Austrian countryside. The descriptive language and vivid imagery employed by the author paint a rich and detailed picture of the village and its inhabitants, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the story.

The novel follows the lives of various characters living in the village, each with their own hopes, dreams, and struggles. Stifter skillfully weaves together their individual narratives to create a cohesive and engaging storyline that keeps readers captivated from beginning to end.

One of the most striking aspects of Das Haidedorf is Stifter's ability to capture the essence of rural life in 19th-century Austria. Through his detailed descriptions of the village landscape, customs, and traditions, the author brings the setting to life in a way that is both authentic and captivating.

Overall, Das Haidedorf is a poignant and beautifully crafted novel that offers a glimpse into a bygone era and the lives of those who inhabited it. Adalbert Stifter's masterful storytelling and keen eye for detail make this book a must-read for anyone interested in historical fiction or Austrian literature.

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von Adalbert Stifter




professor of the German language and literature, Washington University


If any prose writer may be called a poet, none is more worthy of that name than Adalbert Stifter. And, unless it be a requirement that, to be ranked as classic, a writer must be dead for many years, Stifter is entitled to an honorable place among the classic writers of Germany. Not all he has written bears the stamp of beauty and genius, but at his best he is truly great, and of his best we have a great deal.

Adalbert Stifter was born in Oberplan, Bohemia, October 23d, 1806. His father was a poor linen weaver who was killed by an accident when the boy was only ten years old. An uncle assumed charge of his education and sent him to the monastic Latin School at Kremsm√ľnster. His education was completed in Vienna, whither he went in 1826, principally to study history and philosophy, but also to cultivate his love of nature by the pursuit of natural science and landscape painting. His love for nature remained throughout his life the most characteristic trait of the man. In all his works, but especially in his "Studien," he showed himself to be a painter of words who has only one equal in German Literature Paul Heyse... Continue reading book >>

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