Comic and fantastic, gruesome and grotesque, Walpurgisnachtuses Prague as the setting for a clash between German officialdom immured in the ancient castle above the Moldau, and a Czech revolution seething in the city below. History, myth and political reality merge in an apocalyptic climax as the rebels storm the castle to crown a poor violinist “Emperor of the World” in St. Vitus’ Cathedral.

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.


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