The Rider on the White Horse: And Selected Stories (New York Review Books Classics)

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A German literary landmark and remains one of the great ghost stories, never to be forgotten and never losing its ability to terrorise. Not because it is obviously creepy, but because its slow, subtle, nuanced telling lingers through a balanced mix of logic and the inevitable. There are many elements contributing to its atmospheric magic, not least the chill landscape, the North Sea coastline ever at the mercy of the waves... Storm's melancholy fiction exerts the haunting power of German romanticism as well as an understanding of the choices made and decisions lamented. (Irish Times)

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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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