A remarkable work of horror, half- way between Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Frankenstein. --The Observer
The Golem remains Meyrink's most visionary satisfying work. He was skilled at transforming imagery drawn from hermetic, religious and folklore traditions into startling symbols. --Michael Saler in The Times Literary Supplement
Gustav Meyrink uses this legend in a dream-like setting on the Other Side of the Mirror and he has invested it with a horror so palpable that it has remained in my memory all these years. --Jorge Luis Borgea
"The Golem" is Gustav Meyrink's masterly 1915 retelling of the legend of the blasphemous creation of an artificial man by Rabbi Loew in the Prague ghetto of the sixteenth century. But Meyrink's novel is much more than a variation on the Frankenstein or sorcerer's apprentice theme. It is also an exploration of personal identity and the horror inherent in the search for self-knowledge. In this brooding, atmospheric story, the monster terrorising the streets of Prague is inextricably bound up with the psyche of the people who live there. This Tartarus edition includes a new Introduction by the translator, Mike Mitchell, and, from the first edition, eight lithographs by Hugo Steiner-Prag, augmented by an additional seventeen from the artist's later portfolio 'The Golem: Prague Fantasies'. It features cover illustration by Joachim Seinfeld.