Item description for Severin's Journey into the Dark (A Prague Ghost Story) by Paul Leppin & Kevin Blahut...
Leppin once wrote: "Prague remains my deepest experience. Its conflicts, its mystery, its rat-catchers beauty have ever provided my poetic efforts with new inspiration and meaning." It is this city of darkened walls and strange decay that forms the back-drop of Severin's erotic adventures and fateful encounters as he enters a world of femmes fatales, Russian anarchists, dabblers in the occult and denizens of decadent salons. As Max Brod so aptly remarked: "Leppin was the truly chosen bard of the painfully disappearing old Prague, its infamous sidestreets and debauched nights ... he was at once a servant of the devil and adorer of the Madonna."
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More About Paul Leppin & Kevin Blahut
Paul Leppin (November 27, 1878 - April 10, 1945) was a 20th century Bohemian writer of German language, who was born and lived in Prague. Although he wrote in German, he was in close contact with Czech literature. He translated Czech books and wrote articles on Czech literature. He was also an editor of two literary periodicals, Fruhling and Wir.
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new favorite May 12, 2006
A fantastic book that allows you to accompany a man in his discovery of the depth of his soul's darkness while he explores the streets of Prague. A wonderful book who's prose can be only described as poetry with an ending though wasn't unexpected, was surprising.
I came here to kill you... Jun 7, 2002
"Severin's Journey Into Dark" is a beautiful book about Prague, and about a man who spoils all of his chances for happiness, love and freedom. It was difficult at first for me to understand the cruel things Severin does, but I view them, now, as symptoms of an evil and misery that he cannot suppress. There is a laundry list of colorful characters in this book, and the plot seems to drift with uncertainty. This is not a bad thing, as it gives the reader some empathy towards Serverin's own confusion. The dark is a symbol that comes up throughout the book. There seems to be a lot of dark in Prague.
A fantastic and dark journey into pre WWI Prague Nov 26, 1998
A little gem of a book, the story involves a young man's adventures into the decadent underbelly of turn-of-the-century Prague -- before WWI, back when the city was an ethnic mix of Czechs, Germans and Jews, when it was the home of Franz Kafka and Max Brod. The main character, Severin, is wonderfully portrayed, but just as deftly drawn is the city. If you've never been to this East European capital, as you read Lepin's moody prose, you'll feel as if you're walking Prague's brooding, mazelike streets, maybe even getting lost in them. There are a few passages where the translation is a little rough, but these infrequent lapses in no way detract from the story which delves into the soul of hero and captures the soul of the city.