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Krabat and the Sorcerer's Mill
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“One of my favourite books.”  —Neil Gaiman 

“In Preussler’s masterpiece, the terror is real, the love sweet, and the suspense twisted tight.”  —J. Alison James

"Like many of the classic children’s books being reissued by New York Review Books, Krabat & the Sorcerer’s Mill by Otfried Preussler has the potential to appeal to readers of various ages: nostalgia-seekers who enjoyed Anthea Bell’s excellent translation when it was first published in the 1970s, and young aficionados of fantasy fiction who’ll be happy to discover, in teenage hero Krabat, a worthy progenitor to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Christopher Paolini’s Eragon….For Krabat, he drew on the folk tales he loved as a child, basing the book on a Wendish legend. But it is Preussler’s own storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere that render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original." —Emma Garman, Words Without Borders

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Otfried Preussler (1923 2013) was born into a family of teachers in Reichenberg, Czechoslovakia, and as a boy loved listening to the folktales of the region, including the old Sorbian tale of the sorcerer s apprentice, upon which "Krabat & the Sorcerer s Mill" is based. Drafted into the army during World War II, Preussler was captured in 1944 and spent the next five years as a prisoner of war in the Tatar Republic. After his release, he moved to Bavaria and became a primary-school teacher and principal, supplementing his income by working as a reporter for a local newspaper and by writing scripts for children s radio. One of the most popular authors for children in Germany, Preussler was twice awarded the German Children s Book Prize. His many books have been translated into fifty-five languages and have sold over fifty million copies. New York Review Books will also publish Preussler s "The Little Witch," "The Robber Hotzenplotz," and "The Little Water Sprite." Anthea Bell is a renowned translator from the German, French, and Danish, and the winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize, and, three times over, the Marsh Award for Children s Literature in Translation. She has translated "Asterix," Hans Christian Andersen, Cornelia Funke, Kerstin Gier, W.G. Sebald, Sigmund Freud, and several novels by Stefan Zweig, including "Confusion" and "Journey into the Past," both available as New York Review Books Classics. She lives in the United Kingdom. "

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"One can expect from [Preussler] realistic novels full of the juices of life as well as supernatural shorter stories with a clear-cut yarn and construction." --"The New York Times " One of my favorite books. Neil Gaiman In Preussler s masterpiece, the terror is real, the love sweet, and the suspense twisted tight. J. Alison James "Like many of the classic children s books being reissued by New York Review Books, "Krabat & the Sorcerer s Mill"by Otfried Preussler has the potential to appeal to readers of various ages: nostalgia-seekers who enjoyed Anthea Bell s excellent translation when it was first published in the 1970s, and young aficionados of fantasy fiction who ll be happy to discover, in teenage hero Krabat, a worthy progenitor to J.K. Rowling s Harry Potter and Christopher Paolini s Eragon .For"Krabat," he drew on the folk tales he loved as a child, basing the book on a Wendish legend. But it is Preussler s own storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere that render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original." Emma Garman, "Words Without Borders"" "One of my favorite books." --Neil Gaiman "In Preussler's masterpiece, the terror is real, the love sweet, and the suspense twisted tight." --J. Alison James "Like many of the classic children's books being reissued by New York Review Books, "Krabat & the Sorcerer's Mill "by Otfried Preussler has the potential to appeal to readers of various ages: nostalgia-seekers who enjoyed Anthea Bell's excellent translation when it was first published in the 1970s, and young aficionados of fantasy fiction who'll be happy to discover, in teenage hero Krabat, a worthy progenitor to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and Christopher Paolini's Eragon....For "Krabat," he drew on the folk tales he loved as a child, basing the book on a Wendish legend. But it is Preussler's own storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere that render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original." --Emma Garman, "Words Without Borders" "One of my favorite books." --Neil Gaiman "In Preussler's masterpiece, the terror is real, the love sweet, and the suspense twisted tight." --J. Alison James

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