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Meyrink, Gustav - The Golem - ( Item 138341 )

Published in London by Folio Society. 2010. First Thus. Fine Hardback. Sealed. No inscriptions or bookplates. Fine slipcase. Introduced by Iain Sinclair. Illustrated by Vladimir Zimakov. Translated by Mike Mitchell. Three-quarter-bound in buckram with a paper side. Printed with a design by Vladimir Zimakov. Set in Figural with Tallys display. 272 pages. Frontispiece. 9 Black & white illustrations. Book size: 9" x 6". In the ghetto of Prague, artists, students and pawnbrokers eke out a living among the gloomy tenements and mildewed courtyards. 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 Gustav Meyrink published several books but was dogged by scandal, imprisonment and financial ruin, before experiencing huge success with The Golem. In his introduction, author Iain Sinclair explains the Golem's roots in Jewish folklore, and its extensive influence: from Expressionist painting to German cinema. Chilling and atmospheric woodcuts by Vladimir Zimakov evoke the novel's eerie horrors and what Sinclair calls its 'special-effects extravaganza'.

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