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Gustav Meyrink (1868–1932)

Author of The Golem

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Works by Gustav Meyrink

The Golem (1914) — Author — 1,796 copies
The Green Face (1992) — Author — 252 copies
Walpurgisnacht (1917) — Author — 230 copies
The Angel of the West Window (1927) — Author — 226 copies
The White Dominican (1921) — Author — 143 copies
Il cardinale Napellus (1901) — Author — 75 copies
Racconti agghiaccianti (1993) 38 copies
Fledermäuse (1916) — Author — 34 copies
Il Golem e altri racconti (1994) 13 copies
Das Wachsfigurenkabinett (1984) 13 copies
The Violet Death (1922) — Author — 11 copies
Alchymistické povídky (1989) 9 copies
Hašiš a jasnozřivost (1993) 7 copies
The Clockmaker (1998) 3 copies
Orchideen 3 copies
Neviditelná Praha (1993) 3 copies
Histoires fantastiques (1987) 3 copies
Tiergeschichten (1975) 3 copies
Meister Leonhard (2012) 2 copies
Der seltsame Gast u.a. (2012) 2 copies
Kurzgeschichten 2 copies
Hexen & Teufel (2004) 2 copies
Černá koule (1990) — Author — 2 copies
Book 9788886755764 (2022) 1 copy
Ropuší kletba (2012) 1 copy
Coresi 1 copy
4 книги 1 copy
Blamol 1 copy
Bal Macabre 1 copy
Bocksäure 1 copy
Das Fieber 1 copy
G.M. 1 copy
Das lustige Gespensterbuch — Foreword — 1 copy
Die Erst Rmung Von Serajewo (German Edition) (2010) — Author — 1 copy
La Fiancée du diable (2000) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Contributor — 811 copies
100 Wild Little Weird Tales (1994) — Contributor — 187 copies
The Big Book of Classic Fantasy (2019) — Contributor — 164 copies
Acolytes of Cthulhu (2000) 117 copies
The Frankenstein Omnibus (1994) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Vampire Omnibus (1995) — Contributor — 78 copies
The Dedalus Book of Austrian Fantasy, 1890-2000 (2003) — Contributor — 70 copies
Tales by Moonlight II (1988) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Garden of Hermetic Dreams (2004) — Contributor — 34 copies
The Golden Bomb: Phantastic German Expressionist Stories (1993) — Contributor — 33 copies
The Lock and Key Library (Volume 3: German) (1913) — Contributor — 15 copies
Phantastische Literatur 82 (1982) 11 copies
I grandi romanzi dell'orrore (1996) — Author — 8 copies
Rainbow Fantasia: 35 Spectrumatic Tales of Wonder (2001) — Contributor — 7 copies
Phantastisches Österreich. (1976) — Contributor; Contributor, some editions — 5 copies
Demony Perwersji - Suplement (2016) — Contributor; Contributor — 2 copies
Novellen der Neuzeit. Bd. 1 (1932) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Amazingly important story, captivating, and well rounded. I wonder why is isn't as well know as Mary Shelly's Frankenstein? Full of references to Jewish Magic and mysticism, Egyptian Magic, and Prague mythology. The story follows a successful repairer of goods; a skilled artist is haunted by memories he cannot retrieve, led by his friends, including a puppeteer, and a rabbi, discovers they are protecting him from a breakdown he had in his past, through hypnosis locked the malevolent feelings in part of his mind. Fantastic descriptions of the Jewish in Prague, the tunnels, the folklore, the mysticism. Recounts the story of Rabbi Loew, and the origin of tarot. Some of the details in the book include The Book of Ibbur (the name of the book the protagonist was to repair for a customer), but so distracted by the book, after reading, could not recall what became of the customer, nor his appearance. The book was in part responsible for his revelation of his own past. The Egyptian ibis head on top of the apparition in the chapter "Fear". "Do not fear, it is Lelshimurim, the Night of Protection". "Chabrat zereh aur bocher" was written on his breast. Habal Garmin, name of protagonist's double. References to Václav Babinský, and "The Wall by the Last Lamp, Stag's Moat".… (more)
AChild | 42 other reviews | Oct 3, 2023 |

Vérbeli misztikus kalandregény mindennel, ami a műfaj kötelező eleme: akad itt szerelem, gyilkosság, ármány, kabbalista titkok, rohangálás sötét sikátorokban, ártatlanok szenvedése és gonoszok démoni kacaja. Ugyanakkor van valami, ami az egészet igazán ínyenceknek való csemegévé teszi: az elbeszélő, Pernath figurája, aki mintha ébren álmodná végig a rohanó cselekményt. A megbízhatatlan krónikás iskolapéldája, nem csak rettentő egzaltáltsága okán, hanem azért is, mert nem emlékszik a saját múltjára (ami mondjuk lehet, engem is egzaltálttá tenne), annyit mindenesetre sejt, hogy nemrégiben egy bolondokháza vendégszeretetét élvezte – ezért is bánnak ismerősei vele úgy, akár a hímes tojással. Ő bolyong keresztül-kasul a hátborzongató, gótikusan szürreális prágai gettón, miközben a zsidó mitológia ősszörnye a sötétből fen rá fogat. Persze ez az egész voltaképpen egy metafora: a prágai gettó az elme labirintusának tükörképe, Pernath abban vetődik ide-oda, a Gólem pedig, aki egy ajtók nélküli szobában gubbaszt arra várva, hogy kitörhessen, alighanem Pernath őrülete maga. Meyrink példásan adagolja a miszticizmust, a pszichologizálást és az atmoszférát, aminek csodásan áll az expresszionista máz, jó ez a könyv, jó benne lenni, jó járni az azóta porrá omlott prágai gettó szűk utcáit, és közben fülelni: mi ez? Csak nem lépteket hallunk? Csak nem...

És jön a Gólem.

Jön a Gólem.

A Gólem.

(Mit találtam, miközben képeket kerestem az értékelésekhez? Hát ezt.

Hm, hát már gólem is. Különös, hogy a kormányzati propaganda ezt még így nem kapta fel.)
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Kuszma | 42 other reviews | Jul 2, 2022 |
The eyes of the outer limits. What can you say about The Golem, that has not been said about other Meyrink stories? Published in 1915, this type of literature will surely keep you on your toes. The reader is led down a road that continuously reinvents itself. One moment you are on a straight and narrow road, the next you are face down beside it. The Structure of the Golem is not as linear as Walpurgisnacht. The plot and writing is all over the place. But...was that the intention of the writer? In some places it would be a big yes and some he just got a little lost. But one thing the story does is disorient you to the point of madness. He wants the reader to feel like the characters and achieves that goal by leaps and bounds. At times the story feels a little rushed and character development lacks. But with this book atmosphere is key. Recommended? Yes. If you think you are going to read this and discover a horror story...…well then prepare to be disappointed. Eerie but not scary. Understanding the East European mindset at this point in time will grease the gears a tad while reading....but still leave enough friction to give the reader some nice burns on the outer layers of imagination. The more Meyrink I read the more I think of Maturin's Melmoth the Wander. Lots of parallels.… (more)
JHemlock | 42 other reviews | Apr 29, 2022 |
Superstition, lust, witches, lucifer, incest and European revolution through an indifferent and fish eyed lens. 1917 is one of those years that defined the 20th century and pushed Europe's borders to a breaking point in which the cracks still ripple beneath the worlds feet today. The Russian Revolution, the rise of communism and the building blocks of WW2. This bizarre political and supernatural tale takes place in Prague on the eve of a revolution which just so happens to arrive at the time of Walpurgisnacht. A jaded and indifferent group of aristocrats learn, all but too late, that a peasant uprising is closing in on them through what might or might not be a personal appearance made by the devil himself. Is he real, does he influence the happenings or is the imagination of this catalyst just another reason for bloodshed? Either way it is time for change in the city of Prague. The world turns as it must and those who die will rot where they fall.
This is classic literature at its finest. Coming off the gloomy, spiderweb encrusted stories of the Victorian era Gustav Meyrink paints a picture that is both drab but has a silver lining(a very difficult to see silver lining)that is having a very difficult time finding the eye of the needle. Very good literature that has been overshadowed by many other celebrated stories. A hidden gem.
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JHemlock | 7 other reviews | Aug 9, 2021 |



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