The Legend of the Golem

Saturday February 23, 2008

•  book reviews •  mythology •  Prague •  the Golem • 
  • Ivana Pecháčková, The Legend of the Golem, trans. Klára Tvarůžková, Second, The Legends of Prague (Prague, ČR: Meander, 2004).

Pecháčková retells the story of the Golem of Prague from the perspective of a Heidelberg student, Johan, who is obsessed with finding the Golem and using it for his own ends. Johan’s story takes him with a traveling theater company, into Emperor Rudolph court, and ultimately to the Old New Synagogue.

The book is beautifully illustrated with pencil drawings by Petr Nikl and makes an excellent children’s book (though not for younger children). The book is the second in a series of books called “The Legends of Prague,” which also cover the Infant of Prague, the Astronomical Clock, the Charles Bridge, and the Loreta Bells.