Mark Williams reads some pithy, comic anecdotes from a German almanac.

An enduring classic of German literature, The Treasure Chest by Johann Peter Hebel (pub.1811) is a collection of pithy comic anecdotes, mysteries and moral tales full of sanity, wit and good humour.

As its title promises, The Treasure Chest contains some real gems of imaginative fiction.

Hebel developed a spontaneous and accessible style for these stories - which he originally wrote for inclusion in a popular almanac - for the entertainment and instruction of the ordinary, working people of the small, German state of Baden, where he was a schoolteacher and Lutheran preacher.

Since its publication in 1811, The Treasure Chest has drawn generations of admirers including Goethe, Tolstoy, Wittgenstein, and Herman Hesse.


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An enduring classic of German literature, The Treasure Chest by Johann Peter Hebel (pub.1811) is a collection of pithy comic anecdotes, mysteries and moral tales full of sanity, wit and good humour.
A soldier gets married while on sentry duty; and Dr Rapunzius sells some amazing toothache pills.
Translated by John Hibberd and abridged by Roy Apps.
Read by Mark Williams
Producer/Director: David Blount
A Pier Production for BBC Radio 4
Producer David Blount.

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  • Written by Johann Peter Hebel
  • Translated by John Hibberd and abridged by Roy Apps
  • Read by Mark William
  • Producer/Director: David Blount

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  • The reader, Mark Williams, is well known as one of the stars of the BBC TV comedy sketch show, The Fast Show ("Suits you, sir..!!") and for the role of Ron Weasley's father in the Harry Potter films.

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