posted on Oct, 10 2015 @ 07:11 PM
i'm reading Walpurgis night (Walpurgisnacht
) by TextGustave Meyrink
Meyrink is not too well-known in German literature but often read by searchers for the mystic. i remember long past whispers from my youth when
friends would tell that Meyrink might know something more than others. lately his books are gaining popularity
the book sometimes also translated ‘Witches' Night’ is difficult to read. it was written in 1917 by an Austria-Hungarian living in Prague with
not only a peculiar German-type dialect but also uses that typical oldfashioned but charming grammar of his time. he later moved to Germany but always
returned to Prague in is novels. Meyrink’s background and the politics behind Germans and Austrians living in Prague is fascinating by itself
the story fits well with Halloween time this October. the first few pages already started with the spooky event of Brock the dog barking alarm in the
dark of the night. as those involved get to the alarming source they detect a sleepwalker on their brickwall. he promptly falls and is unconscious.
the involved carry him to their lounge where he seemingly finds back to reality. but he is observed with horror because he acts out a reality that
should not exist and one of the witnesses recognizes him as his dead brother
now I can’t put the book down
an illustration by Stefan Eggeler for Walpurgisnacht with spooky creatures flying above the Hradschin and the castle of Prague
i do recommend this book
Written in 1917 Walpurgisnacht continues the message of The Green Face, of a decadent society on the brink of collapse and of a Europe past salvation.
In it we see Meyrink's exceptional narrative powers at their height. "