The Golem

The Golem The Cabala found in the ghettos a suitable home for its strange speculations on the nature of God the magical power of letters and the possibility for initiates of creating a man in the same way that

  • Title: The Golem
  • Author: Gustav Meyrink Madge Pemberton
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  • Page: 284
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  • The Cabala found in the ghettos a suitable home for its strange speculations on the nature of God, the magical power of letters and the possibility for initiates of creating a man in the same way that God created Adam This homunculus was called The Golem Gustav Meyrink uses this legend in a dream like setting on the Other Side of the Mirror and he has invested i The Cabala found in the ghettos a suitable home for its strange speculations on the nature of God, the magical power of letters and the possibility for initiates of creating a man in the same way that God created Adam This homunculus was called The Golem Gustav Meyrink uses this legend in a dream like setting on the Other Side of the Mirror and he has invested it with a horror so palpable that it has renained in my memory all these years Jorge Luis Borges What holds us today is Meyrink s vision of Prague, as precise and fantastic at once as Dickens s London or Dostoyevsky s St Petersburg Times Literary Supplement 1970 When The Golem first appeared in book form in 1915, it was an immediate popular and critical succes, selling hundreds of thousands of copies It has inspired three film verions Admirers of the book have included Carl Jung, Hermann Hesse, Alfred Kubin and Julio Cortazar.Cover picture is from the 1920 Paul Wegener film of The Golem.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. “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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 [...]

    13. 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 [...]

    14. 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 [...]

    15. "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.

    16. 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 [...]

    17. 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 [...]

    18. 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 [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. ‘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. [...]

    21. 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 [...]

    22. 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 [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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.

    27. 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.

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