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Book Title: The Opal (and Other Stories)|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 889 KB
v The author of the book: Gustav Meyrink
Edition: Dedalus Limited
Date of issue: January 4th 1994
ISBN 13: 9781873982303
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Read full description of the books The Opal (and Other Stories):"Meyrink's short stories epitomised the non-plus-ultra of all modern writing. Their magnificent colour, their spine-chilling and bizarre inventiveness, their aggression, their succinctness of style, their overwhelming originality of ideas, which is so evident in every sentence and phrase that there seems to be no lacunae; all this captivated me, and seemed to me to provide the proper antidote to all the adjectival prose and shallow, false romanticism of the immediate preceding generation." - Max Brod.
"Gustav Meyrink's stories recall Golgol in their black, humerous vigour." - Kathy O'Shaugnessy in "The European".
Read information about the authorThe illegitimate child of a baron and an actress, Meyrinck spent his childhood in Germany, then moving to today's Czech Republic where he lived for 20 years. The city of Prague is present in most of his work along with various religious, occult and fantastic themes. Meyrinck practiced yoga all his life.
He unsuccessfully tried to commit suicide at the age of 24. His son committed suicide at the same age with success.
Meyrinck founded his own bank but was accused of fraud for which he spent 2 months in prison.
He worked as a translator and translated in German 15 volumes by Charles Dickens while working on his own novels.
Among his most famous works are Der Golem (1914) and Walpurgisnacht (1917).
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