"A superbly atmospheric story set in the old Prague ghetto featuring The Golem, a kind of rabbinical Frankenstein's monster, which manifests iitself every 33 years in a room without a door. Stranger still, it seems to have the same face as the narrator. Made into a film in 1920, this... show more
"A superbly atmospheric story set in the old Prague ghetto featuring The Golem, a kind of rabbinical Frankenstein's monster, which manifests iitself every 33 years in a room without a door. Stranger still, it seems to have the same face as the narrator. Made into a film in 1920, this extraordinary book combines uncanny psychology of doppelganger stories with expressionism and more than a little melodrama... Meyrink's old Prague - like Dicken's London - is one of the great creations of City writing, an eerie, claustrophobic and fantastical underworld where anything can happen." -- Phil Baker in The Sunday Times
Publish date: June 28th 2000
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, German Literature
, Czech Literature
I'm a big fan of Meyrink's work, because I love novels that one can read many times and still find something new and inspiring to focus on. I found Golem to be so atmospheric that I felt as if I was there in the old Jewish Town, feeling the claustrophobic melancholy of the place, seeing the variety ...
bookshelves: czech, mythology, noir, philosophy, classic, boo-scary, fantasy, translation, tbr-busting-2014, paper-read, halloween-2014, autumn-2014, lit-richer, prague, jewish, gothic, published-1915 Read from April 13, 2011 to October 29, 2014 Description: "A superbly atmospheric story set i...
I didn't really know what to expect before reading this and afterwards it is quite hard to talk about.Initially I think it was quite hard to get into, being introduced with new characters with each new chapter and the somewhat disjointed feel from chapter to chapter. But after a while one gets into ...
The moonlight is shining on the foot of my bed, lying there like a large, bright, flat stone.
While the story of The Golem alone deserves four stars as Gustav Meyrink's masterpiece, the Tartarus Press edition, of which I happen to be a fortunate owner, pushes the book-as-artifact into the five star category. This book is one of my most prized possessions, one of the books I'll reach for if t...