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By Gustav Meyrink

"A beautifully atmospheric tale set within the outdated Prague ghetto that includes The Golem, a type of rabbinical Frankenstein's monster, which manifests iitself each 33 years in a room with out a door. Stranger nonetheless, it sort of feels to have a similar face because the narrator. Made right into a movie in 1920, this amazing booklet combines uncanny psychology of doppelganger tales with expressionism and greater than a bit melodrama... Meyrink's outdated Prague - like Dicken's London - is likely one of the nice creations of urban writing, an eerie, claustrophobic and fantastical underworld the place something can happen." -- Phil Baker within the Sunday occasions

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