Gustav Meyrink

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Gustav Meyrink
Gustav Meyer
BirthplaceVienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)
Known for The Golem

Meyrink, Gustav


Born Jan. 19, 1868, in Vienna; died Dec. 4, 1932, in Starnberg. Austrian writer.

Meyrink graduated from a business academy in Prague. In 1903 he began to write for the journal Simplicissimus. His short story collections The Hot-tempered Soldier (1903) and Orchids (1904) were reissued in the three-volume compendium The Middle-class German’s Magic Horn (vols. 1–3, 1909–13). Meyrink’s other short story collections include The Violet-colored Death (1913; Russian translation, 1923) and Bats (1916; Russian translation, 1923).

Meyrink’s works combine a passion for the mystical, grotesque, and fantastic with satirical parodies of bourgeois life, such as his novel The Golem (1915; Russian translation, 1922). In his later works, including the novel Angel From the West Window (1920), Meyrink completely departed from realism. His enthusiasm for the occult and theosophy is evident in On the Threshold of the Other World (1923).


Gesammelte Werke, vols. 1–6. Leipzig, 1917.


Jung, C. G. Die Gestaltungen des Unbewussten. Zurich, 1950.
Frank, E. G. Meyrink. Budingen-Gettenbach, 1957.
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Agnon's Ad hena, the story of a living-dead soldier as her primary focus, Barzilai traces an intertextual history from the mysticism of Gustav Meyrink's The Golem (first appearing in periodical form from 1913 to 1914) to such later texts as Yoram Kaniuk's Himmo, King of Jerusalem (1966), which questioned the Ashkenazi military leadership's use of Sephardic men as canon-fodder.
No book has a greater valley between highs and lows than The Golem, Gustav Meyrink's 1914 story of a man who inhabits the memory of another by accidentally switching hats with him.
Este es el argumento de Golem, novela de Gustav Meyrink (2007), donde el narrador experimenta visiones y experiencias ajenas tras ponerse el sombrero del sepulturero Pernath.
Among the topics are rousing emotions in the description of contagious diseases in Modernism, contagionism and its consequences n Lasswitz and Wells, Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus and a medical discourse on syphilis, spiritual epidemics and psychic contagion in the works of Gustav Meyrink, and different paradigms of cohabitation with parasites in a German narrative of contagion around 1930.
The last three books I read were The Jewish Gospels by Daniel Boyarin, A Wanted Man by Lee Child, and The Golem by Gustav Meyrink. Half my reading is research and half for pleasure.
Gustav Meyrink nacio en Viena en 1868 y murio en Stamber, Baviera, en 1932; como su obra y su vida, banada de la tematica alquimica, esoterica, astrologica y del pensamiento de Oriente, muere a los 64 anos, viviendo 32 en el siglo XIX y 32 en el XX.
Such a personification reaches one of its peaks in Gustav Meyrink' s The Golem (1915): Prague functions in this novel as a living organism, as a protagonist with a physical and mental existence.
Some of these are truly hilarious, as, for example, an item on Gustav Meyrink's The Angel of the Western Window, in which Borges comments that this "more or less theosophical novel ...
Friedlander's title tellingly reverses the formula he uses in the epigraph to When Memory Comes, taken from the Austrian writer Gustav Meyrink: "When knowledge comes, memory comes too, little by little.
In his essay, Mumane shows how gothic elements are used in Gustav Meyrink's Der Golem and Paul Leppin's Severins Gangin die Finsternis to create an image of Prague that is modern and gothic.
Los checoeslovacos: Bohumil Hrabal, a quien conoci en 1991 por su novela Una soledad demasiado ruidosa y cuya lectura me dejo maravillado; Amost Lustig, que me impresiono con sus Suenos impudicos: tres relatos llenos de realidad, ternura y tragedia; Gustav Meyrink y su libro mitico-fantastico El Golem; sin contar a Jaroslav Hasek (Las aventuras del valeroso soldado Svejk), a Karel Capek y al nunca debidamente leido y comprendido Franz Kafka con todas sus novelas y relatos.