How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher’s Dog

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by Johann Peter Hebel

‘The devil gave the woman a nudge: “Look at that belt full of money peeping out from under the butcher’s shirt!”‘

Written for a local German journal and published in 1811, these fabulous, funny, jewel-like miniature tales describe con men, tricksters, disasters, murders, rascals and lovers, and include Franz Kafka’s favourite story.

Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin’s 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries.

They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Johann Peter Hebel (1760-1826).

Hebel’s The Treasure Chest is available in Penguin Classics.

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