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Hiddensee : a tale of the once and future Nutcracker

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2017
Hiddensee imagines the backstory of the Nutcracker, revealing how this entrancing creature came to be carved and how he guided an ailing girl named Klara through a dreamy paradise on a Christmas Eve. At the heart of Hoffmann's mysterious tale hovers Godfather Drosselmeier--the ominous, canny, one-eyed toy maker made immortal by Petipa and Tchaikovsky's fairy tale ballet--who presents the once and future Nutcracker to Klara, his goddaughter. But Hiddensee is not just a retelling of a classic story. Maguire discovers in the flowering of German Romanticism ties to Hellenic mystery-cults--a fascination with death and the afterlife--and ponders a profound question: How can a person who is abused by life, shortchanged and challenged, nevertheless access secrets that benefit the disadvantaged and powerless? Ultimately, Hiddensee offers a message of hope. If the compromised Godfather Drosselmeier can bring an enchanted Nutcracker to a young girl in distress on a dark winter evening, perhaps everyone, however lonely or marginalized, has something precious to share.

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Other Authors: Hoffmann, E. T. A. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus), 1776-1822. Nussknacker und Mausekönig.

ISBN:

  • 9780062684387
  • 0062684388

Edition: First edition.

Description: xi, 287 pages ; 25 cm

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Winterson, Jeanette, 1959- — These authors write intricately plotted and elegantly written science fiction and fantasy, incorporatingthe surreal and experimental. They play with reader expectations, riffing off of familiar stories such as Oz and Robinson Crusoe in unanticipated ways. Jeanette Winterson also writes nonfiction and mainstream fiction. -- Melissa Gray
Holt, Tom, 1961- — Readers of Tom Holt and adult readers of Gregory Maguire will appreciate their wit (often dark and sarcastic), clever, twisty plots, and offbeat characterizations. Maguire specializes in complex adaptations and retellings while exploring his characters' depths; Holt's new stories and take-offs from existing tales feature less thoroughly developed characters. -- Katherine Johnson
Moore, Christopher, 1957- — While the more satirical and funny Christopher Moore employs various literary sources in addition to his own conceptions, and the witty, dramatic, and stylistically straightforward Gregory Maguire usually features characters from pre-existing legends and stories, both skillfully expand ideas to extremes. These authors feature crafty plotting and dark humor. -- Katherine Johnson
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