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Reader À Walpurgisnacht 169 pages ï Dogsalonbristol » ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☃ Walpurgisnacht Author Gustav Meyrink – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk Walpurgisnacht uses Prague as the setting for a clash between German officialdom immured in the ancient castle above the Moldau and a Czech revolution seething in S urged on by a drum covered in human skin storm the castle to crown a poor violinist Emperor of the World in St Vitus' Cathedra Memories that come back to life are like ghosts they emerge as if from a tiny point then swell until they suddenly take on a spatial presence of greater beauty and immediacy than they ever had beforeThe main theme of Gustav Meyrink's Walpurgisnacht is possession the way in which memories ideas and even other personalities can take over and subsume our personal reality As one character muses as violence pours out into the street the images in my soul have turned into ghosts and are intervening down below Throughout the work possession manifests in variety of forms from an actor whose embodiment of a deceased brother is powerful enough to drag everyone else into his delusion to a courtesan living in her memories of the past to lovers following in the footsteps of their deceased ancestors The opening of Walpurgisnacht paints the book as one of those surreal works that is strange for the sake of being strange at least that was my initial impression and one that I found unsurprising given what I knew of Meyrink’s fascination with the occult But unexpectedly by its conclusion Walpurgisnacht does some impressive things that made me end up liking it far than expected to based on its first half—and I can’t remember the last time when the back half of a book managed to elevate the entire work for me in this wayThe plot of Walpurgisnacht focuses on the WW1 era tension between Prague Castle and the city below the former filled with the aged and decaying aristocracy the latter filled with workers and the poor who thirst for revolution—and blood But the book really isn’t about its plot which at first barely exists and only coalesces in the last third or so of Walpurgisnacht Still the setting of Prague and the discord between the aloof aristocracy waiting to die and the downtrodden masses simmering below is what allows the book to pull off its many tones Walpurgisnacht is a short work but in the span of barely over 150 pages it is by turns surreal melancholy comedic horrifying hopeful and tragic In theory this risks tonal whiplash but in practice Meyrink deftly transitions between these different tones in ways that avoid such dissonance and at times even amplify the effects of different tones This tonal complexity and effectiveness is one of Walpurgisnacht’s chief virtues another being that the characters Dr Halberd and Polyxena both have complete satisfying arcs This is something made even impressive by the fact that these characters occupy two different plot threads that intertwine in effect but that are separate in terms of character development meaning Meyrink manages to deliver two character arcs with only a fraction of the book to focus on eachAdditionally the conclusion of the book where the tension between the city and the nobility at last boils over pushed along by supernatural intervention and needless to say with tragic results is another of the book’s strengths Walpurgisnacht lays ample groundwork in what is again an impressively small number of pages that all pays off in its bloody terrible optimistic and even slightly humorous endingI read Meyrink’s most famous work The Golem so long ago that I can only remember fragments of it but I remember enough to say with certainty that I enjoyed Walpurgisnacht much While you may have to force yourself through the first half which has little momentum the second half and in particular the final third puts together many of the pieces set up earlier into something special and makes the book well worth it I fear this review comes of as rambling and I know for a fact that it barely scratches the surface of all the interesting things in Walpurgisnacht suffice it to say that there are depths here to explore and which I think are worth exploring I give the book a 45 and recommend it if it sounds even a little bit like it might be your cup of tea

Gustav Meyrink ¸ Walpurgisnacht Book

Walpurgisnacht uses Prague as the setting for a clash between German officialdom immured in the ancient castle above the Moldau Hallucinatory InitiatoryThe last days of the Austro Hungarian EmpireSomething new from the ashes; blood of decayed Royalty renewedThe Chemical WeddingSome will see this as a proto fascist work and in a way it is

Mobi ´ Walpurgisnacht ¸ Gustav Meyrink

WalpurgisnachtAnd a Czech revolution seething in the city below History myth and political reality merge in an apocalyptic climax as the rebel A dense and strange horror novel set in WWI era Prague Walpurgisnacht is named after the transitory Walpurgis Night on the 30th of April when borders between worlds are said to grow thin and the spirits of the dead are allowed to temporarily return The night is one of liberation and terror a moment when the world is turned upside down and servant and master can temporarily switch places Gustav Meryink's characters are haunted by their own ancestors and the dead return both symbolically and literally in this tale of revolution and necromancy The decaying aristocracy live surrounded by sinister portraits of their ancestors while on the streets below revolutionaries whose motivation is largely greed and anti Semitism are rallied to violence by an actor who may be an animated corpse The strangeness culminates until the climax brings outright civil war to the streets of Prague and the possibly possessed rebels march to a drum made of human skin to crown an impoverished arts student the Emperor of the World There are haunting parallels to the rise of Nazism here which is especially creepy as the book was first published in 1917Though the story is a dark work haunted by many memorably horrific images it is not morally bleak The mind control magic is explicitly said not to work on those in command of their own conscience and those few characters capable of resisting the madness of Walpurgisnact fight back in the only way possible by treating each other kindly and honourably even as the inevitable draws ever closer Probably the most sympathetic of these is Liesel a septuagenarian former prostitute who many writers might have treated as a comic andor grotesue figure but who here comes across as a noble and loving soul Walpurgisnacht is an unjustly obscure work whose nightmarish imagery and powerful indictment of the human race will haunt the reader

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