By Night Under the Stone Bridge

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Rudolf II, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, is paranoid, spendthrift, and wayward. In sixteenth-century Prague, seat of Christendom, he rules over an empty treasury and a court of parasites and schemers. Meanwhile in the ghetto, the Great Rabbi, mystic and seer, guides his people in the uneasy cohabitation of Jew and Christian, while the fabulously wealthy financier Mordechai Meisl has a hand in transactions across Europe and is reputed to be sustaining the treasury. His beautiful wife, Esther, forms a ...
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Overview


Rudolf II, king of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, is paranoid, spendthrift, and wayward. In sixteenth-century Prague, seat of Christendom, he rules over an empty treasury and a court of parasites and schemers. Meanwhile in the ghetto, the Great Rabbi, mystic and seer, guides his people in the uneasy cohabitation of Jew and Christian, while the fabulously wealthy financier Mordechai Meisl has a hand in transactions across Europe and is reputed to be sustaining the treasury. His beautiful wife, Esther, forms a link of a different sort between the castle and the ghetto: by night under the stone bridge, she and the emperor entwine in their dreams under the guise of a white rosemary bush and a red rose. Only by severing the two plants can the Great Rabbi break the spell of forbidden love and deliver the city from the wrath of God. Perutz brings Old Prague to life with a cast of characters ranging from alchemists to the angel Asael, and including the likes of Johannes Kepler and the outlaw prince Wallenstein.
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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer
“A triumph . . . This is a masterly novel from a great modern writer.”
The New York Times Book Review
“A tantalizing blend of the occult and the laughable, of chaos and divine order . . . Much of what Perutz depicts is eternal.”
Alanta Journal and Constitution
“Perutz spins magic realism worthy of Gabriel García Márquez in these haunting, melancholy, grown-up fairy tales.”
San Francisco Chroncile
“Perutz leads the reader into an enchanted world. . . . A very human book by a very skillful writer.”
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
First published in 1953, this magical historical novel ostensibly describes the series of events which led to Bohemia's defeat by Austria at the Battle of the White Mountain in the 16th century. But the Czech emigre author ( Leonardo's Judas ) was probably inspired by the events of the Holocaust, so expertly does he re-create the uneasy alliances of Prague's Jewish and Catholic communities. While riding in the woods, Emperor Rudolf II, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, comes upon two men counting money destined for a member of the ``persecuted race,'' Mordechai Meisl. The Emperor demands a taler for himself, but the coin causes him only misfortune and, by a series of mysterious coincidences, ends up in Meisl's hands. Thus begins the long, secret and often tragic association between the two. Rudolf II, corrupt, weak and spendthrift, needs Meisl's money-making talents to finance his extravagances, while Meisl can prosper only under Rudolf's protection. By novel's end it's clear they are in reality enemies. Perutz lets his imagination soar, abandoning the excessive caution he often shows elsewhere. The risks pay off in this finest of his works now in translation. (May)
Library Journal
One night in 1598, Emperor Rudolf II awakes with a shriek. At the same time, in the Jewish ghetto of Prague, Esther, wife of Meisl, dies in her sleep. These three characters become further intertwined as the plot moves from Rudolf's one love, beauty, to his other love, money. The fortunes of Rudolf and Mordechai Meisl are forever linked by hatred and interest due, finally involving all the servants at court, the citizens of Prague, and the Jews of the ghetto. Within this framework, Perutz unfolds 14 closely linked stories, each told centuries later by Meisl's great-great-great-great nephew, a medical student and tutor in Prague. This is Perutz's tenth novel, written prior to his final work, Leonardo's Ju das ( LJ 6/15/89), and it bears all the marks of his continuing quest for historical detail and insistence upon making the past a vivid presence. This welcome translation of an important writer's work is highly recommended.-- Paul E. Hutchison, Fishermans Paradise, Bellefonte, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611458411
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,455,675
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Leo Perutz is the author of eleven novels that attracted the admiration of such writers as Graham Greene, Ian Fleming, Italo Calvino, and Jorge Luis Borges. He was born in Prague in 1882 and lived in Vienna until the Nazi Anschluss, when he fled to Palestine. He returned to Austria in the fifties and died in 1957.

Eric Mosbacher is a distinguished translator from the German and the Italian.

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