Hans Bemmann studied German language and literature and musicology in Innsbruck. He also worked as a lecturer at the Bonner Bibliothekar-Lehrinstitut until In the s he used the pen name Hans Martinson for his publications. Hans Bemmann's literary breakthrough was the fairytale fantasy novel The Stone and the Flute , published in , which tells the adventures of a young man called Listener in an idyllic fairytale world. Fantastic encounters and many hardships give him new perspectives and deep insights into the human condition.
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I found this book on read: stole this book from my mother's bookshelf when I was fifteen or so, and I'm utterly glad I did. Read this book as a metaphor with social commentary, a philosophical text or a fable with a smashingly witty moral at the end, and you're bound to be disappointed. Read it as the beautiful fairy tale it is, with its unforgettab. Read it as the beautiful fairy tale it is, with its unforgettable characters and places, the quests and rewards, the shortcomings and regrets during the protagonists whole lifetime and find that it is excellently written on top of it luckily, I never had to bother with a translated version.
I can't see how anyone could possibly not love this book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Anthea Bell Translator. Setting out to find his grandfather, Listener carries with him a mysterious stone which takes him far away to do great harm.
But, through the magical powers of the stone and his grandfather's flute, he also comes to find happiness and to possess a power greater than life itself. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published August 2nd by Penguin Books first published More Details Original Title. Schlegel-Tieck Prize for Anthea Bell Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Stone and the Flute. Jul 01, Carl rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of thoughtful fantasy and page books. Shelves: fantasysci-fi , literaryandhardtoclassify. Translated from German, this book just looked too tempting with its pages. Took me a while to get around to reading it, but what a ride once you get on!
For those more interested in action-adventure type fiction, this might not be for you-- it has the feel of a quest book, but the quest is largely internal and relational, and the plot is biographical, following the life, travels and adventures of Listener.
It's been over 5 or 6 years and I still haven't worked up the energy to get through it Translated from German, this book just looked too tempting with its pages.
It's been over 5 or 6 years and I still haven't worked up the energy to get through it again. Finishing the book is like finishing a life, and I recommend giving yourself a free two or three days when you get near the end so that you can recuperate and learn to deal with your own life again!
I believe this was written near the end of Hans Bemman's life from the little I remember from the bio , and it certainly feels as though a lifetimes worth of experience has gone into this book.
View all 4 comments. Shelves: books-to-never-forget. The Stone and the Flute I have already read some of the best literature masterworks of the world, but have to admit that this book was the greatest thing I ever read.
I would rate it as the story I always wished to write, and Hans Bemmann did it in the best imaginable way. This is a novel about life and about the world, about humans and about the nature. What I love is that there is no god and no religion in this book. The world of this book is as colorful as the world around us, with people whom w The Stone and the Flute I have already read some of the best literature masterworks of the world, but have to admit that this book was the greatest thing I ever read.
The world of this book is as colorful as the world around us, with people whom we understand and sympathize with and those whom we do not. Music is the blessing of this world and Lauscher one like us all, with good intentions but stubborn, fool of mistakes and up to some extent spoiled with the gifts he had been chosen to have with him.
This book is one of my all-time favourites. I have devoured it for the first time about 20 years ago, and since then I have re-read it every two or three years with great pleasure. He does not know how to handle these items in a proper manner, and although he always believes to do the right thing or at least what he thinks others want him to do, most This book is one of my all-time favourites.
He does not know how to handle these items in a proper manner, and although he always believes to do the right thing or at least what he thinks others want him to do, most of the time he unintentionally brings disaster. The atonements for his mistakes are always adventurous, for example following one of his victims around on his journey as his servant.
The reader will see that after every adventure, Listener has learned quite a bit, but nowhere near all that he needs to know, and therefore soon stumbles into the next plight. The several parts of his travels are so adventure-filled, that one can merely wonder how there can be even more, what Listener will have to go through furthermore, but the length of this book is not misleading: there is still more to come!
Vor ca. Mar 29, Eric Muss-Barnes rated it it was amazing. When I first read it back in high school, I wrote a review for it in the newsletter of our science fiction and fantasy club. The one thing I vividly remember stating in that review was that the mark of a great book is one that can make you laugh out loud and cry tears onto the pages.
Since I was only in high school, I hadn't read many books with the power to do that. The Stone and The Flute made me weep and laugh aloud on multiple occasions. I still believe that to chuckle and shed a tear is the barometer of a great story. There are good stories that don't touch your emotions in that way. But great stories? All great stories take you through that range of feelings. Any book that can make you feel such joy that you are laughing out loud and such sorrow that you actually sob, is awe inspiring.
Not many novels have that kind of power in them, to run through a full spectrum of human emotions. I don't think a 20 or 30 or 40 year old author would be capable of writing something like this.
When I read the book as a teenager, I was already on my way to being a writer. Humbling because I knew at my age, I couldn't possibly write a book that came close to approaching this. Inspiring because it made me realize how much I had to learn and that maybe in 50 years, I'd be able to create something that wondrous and magical.
His achievement is even more amazing when you consider that he only wrote 7 novels in his lifetime and he had only written one novel before this. The Stone and The Flute was only his sophomore effort! When we're children and teenagers, we often think we're totally awesome. We can do anything. We can do things just as good as any adult.
We feel absolutely confident and sure of ourselves. The Stone and The Flute was the first time in my life that my arrogance over writing was schooled and given a smackdown. The Stone and The Flute was the first time I read something where I truly realized I was incapable of creating something that good. And I wouldn't learn how to become that good in one year or 5 years or 10 years.
I realized this book was the culmination of a writer who had been honing his craft for decades and I had nothing on him. The main character of The Stone and The Flute is a young boy named Listener and the novel begins with his birth and ends with his death. Now, I apologize if you feel that revelation is a spoiler.
I don't see it as one. Revealing that the book spans the entire lifetime of a character is, to me, a wonderful selling point. After all, this is the only story I have never discovered in my entire life with the ambition to attempt such an audacious undertaking as spanning an entire lifetime. How many characters have you ever read about where you get to watch the whole of their lifetime?
I've never seen any short story or novel try such a thing before. Thus, moreso than any other book I know, you come to really feel for the character of Listener. By the time you reach the end of the book, you feel you have known Listener longer than anyone else you ever met. He becomes your oldest friend.
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