E. T. A. Hoffmann

Mademoiselle de Scudéri

Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
(German title: Das Fräulein von Scudéri)
ca. 112 pages
E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann

E.T.A. Hoffmann was born in Königsberg/Prussia on January 24, 1776. He was a jurist, conductor, composer, music critic, painter and writer. His most famous works include The Devil’s Elixirs, The Serapion Brethren and The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr. He died in Berlin on June 25, 1822.

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»A lover who fears thieves is not worthy of love.«


Paris, around 1680. A mysterious series of murders is shocking the capital. Young aristocratic men, on their way to a rendezvous, are stabbed to death by an unknown perpetrator and robbed of the valuable jewellery they carried with them as presents for their lovers. The king asks his court poet, 73-year-old Madeleine de Scudéri, to help out with the hunt for the murderer. She soon finds out that all the pieces of jewellery that have been taken come from the workshop of the famous goldsmith Cardillac. Is he not simply the creator of these masterpieces, but also a murderer and thief?

Award-winning artist Lisbeth Zwerger has illustrated E. T. A. Hoffmann’s classic crime novella for the Insel-Bücherei.


»Lisbeth Zwerger is a magician who enchants us with her illustrations.« Andreas Platthaus, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

»It is possible that we review a disproportionate number of books published by Insel Verlag. It’s no surprise: You keep finding treasures there. Like Mademoiselle de Scudéri […]« Brigitte

»A jewel of the art of crime« Susann Fleischer, literaturmarkt.info

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Text by E. T. A. Hoffmann in the public domain, illustration rights available