Composer, writer and painter E.T.A. Hoffmann is an important figure in the German Romantic movement, with his stories characterised by a marked interest in the supernatural. He is perhaps best known as the author of the story on which The Nutcracker – and a number of other ballets – is based.
MADEMOISELLE DE SCUDERI
A TALE OF THE TIMES OF LOUIS XIV
Mademoiselle de Scudéri is one of the earliest examples of the classic murder mystery. Characterised by Hoffmann’s remarkable ingenuity and attention to detail, it has been the inspiration for a host of thriller and crime writers. Parisian goldsmith Monsieur Cardillac is a genius at his craft. Greatly admired throughout Paris, he is renowned for his works of exquisite and matchless beauty. So much so, that it seems the desire to possess his creations is enough to drive even to murder.