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  • "Cards at Dawn" (aka Night Games) by Arthur Schnitzler (1926)

    by Arthur Schnitzler

    A young officer in Vienna decides to help a former comrade in need by risking his meagre funds in a card game with fellow officers and a selection of respectable local citizens. A decision that leads inexorably to drama and downfall culminating in a final existential crisis that plunges him (...)

  • "The Stone Heart " by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1817)

    by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    The Court Counsellor Reutlinger organizes an elaborate festival on his grounds every three years to which everyone in the area, young and old, is invited – on the condition that they put on the clothes and accoutrements of the year 1760, a particularly important moment in the Counsellor’s life, (...)

  • "Gambler’s Luck" by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1820)

    by E. T. A. Hoffmann

    A powerful moral fable about the addictive and devastating fascination for gambling that has wreaked so much havoc in so many lives throughout time, by one of the leading spirts of the German Romanic movement. (12,000 words) an e-book, with the original texts in an annex, is available for (...)

  • “Caliph Stork” and Other Fairy Tales by Wilhelm Hauff (1826)

    by Wilhelm Hauff

    Wilhelm Hauff, a rising star of the rich "Biedermeier" period of German literature in the early 19th century, was able to publish outstanding collections of fairy tales that he called Almanacs in each of his last three years before his tragic death by typhoid fever in 1827 at the age of 24. (...)