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I'm not sure what this would be classified, the definitions between novel/novella/short story are loose, but it is not a "collection of short stories", it is a single story, I just read it a few weeks ago. Here are sources which call it a novella:
"Of these novellas, Bergkristall ("Rock Crystal," originally Der heilige Abend, "Christmas Eve," 1845) is the most widely known and most frequently translated.." (cite)
"The novella Bergkristall (Rock Crystal) focuses on a comparably hazardous journey into the mountains by a brother-sister couple." (cite).
"This is perhaps nowhere so true as for the novella Bergkristall.." (cite).
I could not find sources which call it a "collection of short stories". If you have such sources, lets take a look at them, and compare reliability, and figure out how to best word and cite the different in POV's. Green Cardamom (talk) 01:32, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
Mea culpa, I was too hasty! I was thinking of Bunte Steine, the collection of which Bergkristall is a part. Stupid mistake on my part, sorry about that. But Bergkristall is definitely a novella, not a novel. So I'd suggest a page move so that the article is titled Rock Crystal (novella) What do you think? Sindinero (talk) 01:44, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
Done. Maybe we should mention Bunte Steine, but I don't know the publication history.. Green Cardamom (talk) 04:14, 6 June 2011 (UTC)