The Rider on the White Horse
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Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm
Book DescriptionThe Rider on the White Horse begins as a ghost story. A traveler finds himself caught in rough weather. On an island just offshore he glimpses the specter of a rider on a white horse rising and plunging in the wind and rain. Taking shelter at a local inn, the traveler mentions the apparition, and the local schoolmaster volunteers a story. It is a tale of ambition; of love and family; and of politics. It is a story, too, about the crisis of faith, of wanting and missing the presence of the divine, and of the persistence of superstition. It is an appealingly matter-of-fact picture of rural life, a harrowing glimpse of spiritual isolation, and a stark vision of the violence of the natural world. Finally, it is a story about the basis of civilization in the act of human sacrifice. Theodor Storm's novella is a gripping dramatization of the bloody reckonings that lie beneath the surface of civilization.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781590173015
(202mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Imprint: NYRB Classics
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
Publish Date: 19-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Theodor Storm
Doppelganger, Paperback (September 2015)
The Doppelganger is the story of a reformed ex-prisoner who finds himself an unemployable outcast on release from prison, his crime having already been a consequence of harsh economic conditions in mid-19-century north Germany. The stark events of his life, pieced together after his death within an outer narrative, are in sharp contrast to his daug
Immensee, Paperback (February 2008)View all books by Theodor Storm
Presents a tale of an old man reminiscing about his youth and unfulfilled love. This book contains "Viola Tricolor", the story of a woman coming to terms with her stepdaughter, and "Curator Carsten", a sombre account of a young man falling into a life of debauchery.
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Author Biography - Theodor Storm
Hans Theodor Woldsen Storm (1817-1888) was born in Husum, Germany. He practiced law for most of his life, but also wrote numerous short stories, poems, and novellas. His two best-known works are the novellas Immensee and The Rider on the White Horse (also known as The Dykemaster). James Wright (1927-1980) was a translator and Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet.
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