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The Jew's Beech By Annette von Droste-Hulshoff

The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hulshoff

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A prototype of the murder mystery and a thoughtful examination of village society, this intriguing novella contains hints of the Gothic and the uncanny, including ominous thunderstorms, mysterious disappearances, eerie doppelgangers and grizzly discoveries, as well as a famously ambiguous climax.

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The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hulshoff

Based on a true story, The Jew's Beech centres on two brutal murders in rural Westphalia - the first of a local forester and the second of a Jewish moneylender near a beech tree - and the impact these events have on the life of Friedrich Mergel, a local herdsman with a turbulent family history. A prototype of the murder mystery and a thoughtful examination of village society, this intriguing novella contains hints of the Gothic and the uncanny - ominous thunderstorms, mysterious disappearances, eerie doppelgangers and grisly discoveries in the depths of the forest - as well as a famously ambiguous climax.

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A highly original fusion of thriller-writing, social analysis and meditation on the nature of truth. * The Spectator *

About Annette von Droste-Hulshoff

Annette von Droste-Hulshoff (1797-1848) is considered one of the most important German poets of the nineteenth century. Her classic novella The Jew's Beech is her only completed work of prose fiction.

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NGR9781847493552
9781847493552
1847493556
The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hulshoff
New
Paperback
Alma Books Ltd
20130918
112
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