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The Golem
Title : The Golem
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ISBN : 9781873982914
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 262

First published in serial form as Der Golem in the periodical Die weissen Blätter in 1913–14, The Golem is a haunting Gothic tale of stolen identity and persecution, set in a strange underworld peopled by fantastical characters. The red-headed prostitute Rosina; the junk-dealer Aaron Wassertrum; puppeteers; street musicians; and a deaf-mute silhouette artist.Lurking in itsFirst published in serial form as Der Golem in the periodical Die weissen Blätter in 1913–14, The Golem is a haunting Gothic tale of stolen identity and persecution, set in a strange underworld peopled by fantastical characters. The red-headed prostitute Rosina; the junk-dealer Aaron Wassertrum; puppeteers; street musicians; and a deaf-mute silhouette artist.Lurking in its inhabitants’ subconscious is the Golem, a creature of rabbinical myth. Supposedly a manifestation of all the suffering of the ghetto, it comes to life every 33 years in a room without a door. When the jeweller Athanasius Pernath, suffering from broken dreams and amnesia, sees the Golem, he realises to his terror that the ghostly man of clay shares his own face. . . .The Golem, though rarely seen, is central to the novel as a representative of the ghetto's own spirit and consciousness, brought to life by the suffering and misery that its inhabitants have endured over the centuries. Perhaps the most memorable figure in the story is the city of Prague itself, recognisable through its landmarks such as the Street of the Alchemists and the Castle.


The Golem Reviews

  • BillKerwin

    Question: I am thinking of an author of novels and short stories, a speaker and writer of German, who lived in a predominately Czech-speaking area of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early years of the 20th Century. His works are often set in the city of Prague, a setting he fills with menace and dark surrealism. He seems both attracted and repelled by Judaism, an ambiguity reflected in his themes of patriarchy and autonomy, authority and law, isolation and identity in an unjust and chaotic wo [...]

  • Bookdragon Sean

    I wouldn’t want to be a Golem, and I wouldn’t want to see one either. Doing so seems to lead to a high degree of delusion. Well, an unreliable narration at the very least. I feel like everything the narrator says and does is questionable, and everything he says is doubtful. It’s impossible to say how much of this actually happened, and how much of it was in the narrator’s mind. Obscure density is all we are left with. ”I hoped they would change their shape as I looked at them, allowing [...]

  • Orsodimondo

    LA MADRE DI TUTTE LE CREATURE È venuto prima di tutte: prima di Frankestein, della Cosa (The Thing), di Hulk, di Terminator, dei replicanti, di Pokemon. È perfino approdato ai Simpson!Paul Weneger diresse i primi tre film dedicati al Golem, interpretando personalmente la Creatura.Il Golem è un novello Adamo, ma senza l’anima: la prima volta che viene pronunciato il termine golem è nel salmo 139 della bibbia: ed è proprio Adamo che si rivolge al signore definendosi una massa informe. Un go [...]

  • Forrest

    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 the library ever catches fire. Everything about it screams "I defy you to find another book as cool as me". From the outstanding internal artwork to the silk ribbon marker to the weight of the pages th [...]

  • Greg

    Hello. My name is Greg and this is my review for:I should first warn anyone reading this review that I suck at reading and you'd probably be better off reading reviews written by people who don't suck at reading. I only discovered my reading suckness last week, so I shamefully apologize for anyone who has read any of my six hundred and eight other reviews and thought they were reading a review written by someone who didn't suck. This review is probably a much more informative review than mine:/r [...]

  • Vit Babenco

    “Rabbi Löw, well versed in all of the arts and sciences, especially in the Kabbalah, had fashioned for himself one such servant out of clay, placed in his mouth the magic formula, and thereby brought him to life”. Such is the legend. But Golem of Gustav Meyrink is a creature that comes in dreams.“It is the narrow, hidden tracks that lead back to our lost homeland, what contains the solution to the last mysteries is not the ugly scar that life's rasp leaves on us, but the fine, almost invi [...]

  • Nickolas the Kid

    Λοιπόν αυτό ήταν ένα παράξενο βιβλίο Ο συγγραφέας μπλέκει δυο πραγματικότητες εκ των οποίων η μια είναι η ονειρική!! Μέσα από μια Γκόθικ ατμόσφαιρα και στηριζόμενος σε ένα εβραϊκό μύθο (αυτό του Γκόλεμ) ο Μέιρινκ μας βάζει μέσα στην εβραϊκή συνοικία της Πράγας όπου φαινομεν [...]

  • Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα

    Τί αριστούργημα θεέ μου! Με τί κομψό τρόπο το όνειρο αγγίζει την πραγματικότητα! Και η Πράγα, περιγράφεται σαν μια πόλη γεμάτη μυστήριο και μαγεία, ειδικά η εβραϊκή συνοικία, εκεί που ζει ο Αθανάσιος Πέρναθ, ο καλλιτέχνης (χαράκτης λίθων) που αποτελεί το κεντρικό ήρωα. Νομίζω [...]

  • Andrei Tamaş

    Fără doar şi poate unul dintre cele mai frapante paragrafe citite vreodată: "Wassertrum a silit-o pe mama să fie a lui, cine ştie prin ce mijloace drăceşti - ca toţi cei de teapa asta, dacă nu altcumva, într-un fel şi mai cumplit. Pe urmă pe urmă a vândut-o la un bordel nu-i lucru greu, dacă tovarăşii tăi de afaceri sunt jurisconsulţii poliţiei. DAR N-A FĂCUT-O PENTRU CĂ ERA SĂTUL DE EA, VAI, NU! ÎI ŞTIU INIMA, I-O ŞTIU PÂNĂ ÎN CELE MAI FERITE ASCUNZIŞURI: A VÂNDU [...]

  • William1

    The Golem is a high-brow literary thriller. Very readable, even re-readable. Here's what the great Jorge Luis Borges wrote about it in 1936: "An extraordinarily visual book that enchantingly combines mythology, eroticism, tourism, the 'local color' of Prague, prophetic dreams, dreams of past or future lives, and even reality." A "wonderful book." This quote is from a brief review of Meyrink's The Angel of the Western Window, about which Borges was far less enthusiastic. See Jorge Luis Borges, Se [...]

  • Eirini Proikaki

    Ένα απο τα πιο περίεργα βιβλία που έχω διαβάσει.Με μπέρδεψε,άργησα μπω στο κλίμα του γιατί περίμενα μια τελείως διαφορετική ιστορία και παραλίγο να το αφήσω στην αρχή αλλά με κράτησε ο υπέροχος τρόπος γραφής του Μέιρινκ.Περίμενα μια ιστορία με επίκεντρο το μυθικό Γκόλεμ πο [...]

  • Matt

    A very good and memorable Gothic tale, that is only loosely based on the original 16th-century Golem of Prague narrative, although this one's also set in Prague (at the present time of publication, 1915 or some 33 years earlier). If you're not put off by mysticism–Jewish and otherwise–I recommend you check it out. It definitely has literary value! I'd put it somewhere in the vicinity of Poe and Kafka, with a little Lovecraft in the mix. It's a quick read, and the ending is, although not enti [...]

  • Fernando

    Extenso libro de las obras más importantes de Gustav Meyrink que incluye dos novelas, El Golem y El Domínico Blanco y un libro de relatos, Murciélagos.Realmente ya no me atrae este tipo de literatura. La considero un tanto arcaica, y la característica de los cuentos y novelas un tanto repetitiva al momento de utilizar recursos literarios.A favor, puedo decir que Meyrink tenía una imaginación frondosa a la hora de describir imágenes, pasajes y situaciones, usualmente adornadas de un lujoso [...]

  • El

    A golem is not the Gollum of Tolkien lore. I say this because I already had to explain this to someone at work who got super excited because he did not know a book about Gollum had been written separately. Sigh.A golem is an animate being made from inanimate substances, often like mud, etc. and the stories hail from early Judaism. The most common concept is that the Hebrew word for truth (Emet) written on a piece of paper is placed on the Golem's head, or in the mouth, which then brings the Gole [...]

  • Chris_P

    "The Golem" is one of those books which I don't feel quite capable of writing an apropriate review for. It's deep, multi-layered and deeply philosophical. At times, it was hard for me to believe that it was actually written in the early 20th century. Some of its most distinct techniques are still widely used today in books that try to mess with the readers' minds. To make a long story short, I was impressed and I feel that this story will stay with me for a long time.

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  • Oscar

    Con ‘El Golem’ no hay término medio. O la consideras una obra capital dentro del gótico del siglo XX, o la desprecias sin más, teniéndola por una novela enrevesada y pesada. Yo soy de los primeros. Al principio, y sin tener mucha idea de lo que me iba a encontrar, pensaba leer una historia de terror con la figura del mito del Golem de la literatura judía como tema principal. Y no es así, porque el terror brilla por su ausencia. Es posible que este sea uno de los principales motivos por [...]

  • Jason

    If you don't like this book then you probably suck at reading.

  • Iva Kenaz

    Review of The Golem 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 of people who lived there, hearing the old medieval houses whispering their ancient secrets, absorbing the mystery of the stones. I was born in Prague and grew up in the city, but [...]

  • Ann Schwader

    This “review” is more in the nature of a few comments on my first-time reading experience. I am frankly not qualified to discuss German language literature – even in what I’m told is an excellent translation. I know little about Gustav Meyrink, beyond a couple of biographical articles, and I’ve never read anything by him before.That said, I’ve just had a truly mind-bending excursion through the Jewish ghetto of pre-WW I Prague. The atmosphere is pure Gothic. The narrator is thoroughl [...]

  • Evan

    Another Borges recommendation. The guy just cannot steer you wrong!This is one of those wandering, paranoid hallucinations -- the plot is largely unnecessary, in a good way. An exemplar of the novel as a more experiential form than anything else. The prose stimulates all five senses constantly, and there is an almost allegorical thing going on that successfully resists understanding but provokes intense curiosity.I read it in three bursts separated by long stretches of time, and felt that the st [...]

  • aPriL does feral sometimes

    ‘The Golem’ by Gustav Meyrink, is an early 20th-century literary gothic (published in 1915). However, instead of the horror or monster drama that we, gentle reader, may be expecting, he explores the meaning of identity, mystically speaking, in the form of a highbrow 19th-century book written in the style of a psychological gothic of the time.The word golem is a word used once in the Bible, specifically in Psalm 139:16, although we English speakers never see it because of translation issues. [...]

  • Lemar

    This book is strikingly modern in it's ambiguity. We question who the protagonist is, when the action is taking place, and most importantly what is real and what is imagined. The impact and horror of a mythic character, in this case the Golem, is made more effective by the sensation that suggests we are inside a person's mind. The mind we inhabit is, however, perceptibly imbalanced. It senses the grotesque, the horrific and ugly most readily but strives to discern eternal truths of beauty throug [...]

  • Sinem A.

    biraz gotik biraz fantastik bir Yahudi efsanesinden oluşan güzel bi kurgu. meraklısına.

  • Rick

    The Golem, said to have been created by the Rabbi Loew for the protection of the Ghetto in Prague, is a mysterious figure that apparently takes many forms, reminiscent in some ways of Leo Perutz’s Marquis of Bolibar.Gustav Meyrink’s novel THE GOLEM, set in the turn-of-the-20th-century Prague Ghetto, revolves around the main character and narrator, Athanasius Pernath, who is searching for his identity. His memory of his own past has been blocked, and he is seeking both memory of that past and [...]

  • Andy

    I can barely find the right words for the feelings i have for this book. You have to read this one really carefully but you will be well rewarded if you do so. Meyrink makes heavy use of symbolism and foreshadowing, and often makes references to characters, symbols and events which happened earlier in the book. One of the most enjoyable things for me is reading a story where the autor starts to blend the inner feelings of a character and his surroundings, the structures like buildings but also t [...]

  • Eadweard

    Yet another book I knew I was going to enjoy, like Alfred Kubin's The Other Side, The Golem conjures up a fantastic atmosphere. Now it's time to watch the 1920 movie adaptation."The well-padded door swung to with a sigh behind me as I entered the Cathedral and stood in the darkness of the side aisle. The nave was filled with the green and blue shimmer of the dying light slanting down through the stained-glass windows onto the pews; at the far end, the altar gleamed at me in a frozen cascade of g [...]

  • Sharon Barrow Wilfong

    The Golem takes place in the Jewish Ghetto in Prague two centuries ago. The story traces the life of a jeweler, Athanasius Pernath. Everything that happens is through the filter of his minds' lens. He feels as though he is being spiritually kidnapped by someone or something that is taking over his body and making him perform deeds against his will. Naturally his friends think he is crazy and he becomes very ill. There are different characters, who enter into his life, usually coming to his shabb [...]

  • Odile

    An excellent novel, full of surreal imagery from fin-de-sciècle Jewish Prague. Though the plot is engaging and mysterious, the book's main assets are the esoteric imagery and oneiric flow. Recommended if you're looking for something Kafkaesque and mystic.

  • Knjiski_Moljac

    Odlična knjiga. Pomalo nejsana u početku, ali kada dođete do kraja sve dobija svoj smisao. Bitno je samo da pregurate prvih 50-60 stranica.Recenzija je objavljena mom blogu.