The Golem

Recommended by Andrei Codrescu, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #32 in Kabbalah

First published in serial form as Der Golem in the periodical Die weissen Blätter in 1913–14, The Golem is a haunting Gothic tale of stolen identity and persecution, set in a strange underworld peopled by fantastical characters. The red-headed prostitute Rosina; the junk-dealer Aaron Wassertrum; puppeteers; street musicians; and a deaf-mute silhouette artist.

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...

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Andrei Codrescu Meyrink’s novel is just one version of the Golem story, there are dozens. But I like it best because Meyrink was a mystic. (Source)

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