The Black Spider

By Jeremias Gotthelf

Translated by H.M. Waidson

ISBN: 9781847494535

128 pages

RRP: £8.99 £7.19

After one of their own people repeatedly fails to live up to a pact with the Devil, a petty and morally bankrupt village community is plagued by a swarm of deadly black spiders. Using a complex narrative structure, Gotthelf’s cautionary novella shrewdly dissects the iniquitous social dynamics of rural life.

First published in 1842, The Black Spider displays its author’s talent for dark satire and realism, as well as the visionary powers of his imagination.

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  • I admire The Black Spider like almost no other piece of world literature.

    Thomas Mann

Jeremias Gotthelf

Jeremias Gotthelf (1797–1854) was a Swiss pastor whose works were heavily influenced by both his faith – as he considered his writings to be another way to cure souls – and the Bernese countryside, the setting of most of his books.