The Nutcracker and the Mouse King - E.T.A. Hoffmann - ebook
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E. T. A. Hoffmann’s 1816 fairytale masterpiece The Nutcracker and the Mouse-King, which served as the basis for the famous and beloved holiday-season ballet The Nutcracker, now available in a masterfully made digital layout with cover and inside illustration by artist Artuš Scheiner.

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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

by E.T.A. Hoffmann

Prima edizione 1816.

Pubblicato da Ali Ribelli Edizioni.

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Contents

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

It was the night before Christmas. Clarla and Fritz were sitting by the door of the kitchen. Their cheeks were red after throwing snowballs outside in the cold air. Their eyes shone brighter than the candles on the Christmas tree, and were chattering very excitedly about something.

What were two children so excited about on Christmas Eve? You don’t have to be a genius to guess the answer to that question – for they were talking about… Presents.

The presents for Clara and Fritz were wrapped up and waiting for them on the kitchen table, just on the other side of the door. But the children were forbidden to go through the door until it was time – time for presents. And as they couldn’t see the presents, they talked about them instead.

“I bet,” said Fritz, “that this year, Godfather Drosselmeyer has made a two entire armies of clockwork soldiers – thousands and thousands of them; cavalry, and infantry, and artillery – and they’ll go to war with each other and fire cannons and guns like this: BAAAMMMMM! It will be just like a real battle!”

“Oh no!” Said Clara. “I do hope he’s made something more pretty than that. I think he’s made a toy theatre with an orchestra that plays, and ballerinas who look like swans and dance on their tip-toes. In fact, Godfather Drosselmeyer has told me himself that he had been to see the Russian dancers – and that they were the most marvellous thing he had ever seen – and that’s why I think he’s making a magic theatre for us.”

“You’re such a silly nincompoop sometimes,” said Fritz. “Godfather Drosselmeyer doesn’t do magic. He makes clockwork that you can wind up.”