Severin’s Journey Into the Dark : A Prague Ghost Story

Severin’s Journey Into the Dark : A Prague Ghost Story



10 thoughts on “Severin’s Journey Into the Dark : A Prague Ghost Story

  1. Mir Mir says:

    My book arrives it is the translation by Mike Mitchell, not the one listed here First well, after the lurid cover I notice the blurbs I have seldom read adisgusting books states Richard von Schaukal, and Arthur Eloesser calls it A series of disgusting orgies with some mystical drivel wrapped round the obscenities That is not what I was expecting from the descriptions on goodreads, but okay, here I go.If you, gentle reader, perked your head up at the mention of orgies and obs My book arrives it is the translation by Mike Mitchell, not the one listed here First well, after the lurid cover I notice the blurbs I have seldom read adisgusting books states Richard von Schaukal, and Arthur Eloesser calls it A series of disgusting orgies with some mystical drivel wrapped round the obscenities That is not what I was expecting from the descriptions on goodreads, but okay, here I go.If you, gentle reader, perked your head up at the mention of orgies and obscenities, you can go back to sleep now There is nothing graphic or titillating here, even by the standards of 1914 Yes, the setting includes sex parties and there are drugs and debauchery and death, and all the characters seem to engage in sexual wantonness, but it is mostly off page she led him into her bedroom type of fades or described in vague language She taught him her bizarre and unbridled love games Further, the characters couplings are joyless and their lives empty and depressive, so the author can hardly be viewed as promoting the lifestyle depicted in the story As for the prose I m reading it in translation, so there s only so much I can judge, but I would describe it as middling It is fine, but nothing special Leppin seems keen on telling you exactly what everyone is thinking and feeling, even when they behave in ways inexplicable to themselves, so on that level it reads a bit flat There is no sense of anticipation on the reader s part, no challenge of figuring anything out Actually it kind of reminds me of the sort of party described here, where once the mild shock value has worn off you re left wishing for better food andinteresting conversation If you re smart you leave early and go home to a good book and a hot supper, saving yourself an absinthe headache and a social disease


  2. Steffi Steffi says:

    Die Prager Mythen, die spezielle Prager Atmosph re in einem Roman so beschw ren, dass sich die Geschichte als idealer Reisebegleiter erweist Nette Idee, aber ich scheitere immer wieder an Gustav Meyrinks Der Golem, ja k rzlich gar an seinem Roman ber den Alchemisten John Dee Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster , auch an den Geschichten von Leo Perutz usw Die Prager Phantastik des fr hen 20 Jahrhunderts ist faszinierend, schreckt mich aber immer wieder mit Pathos, Geschw tzigkeit und gewollter Die Prager Mythen, die spezielle Prager Atmosph re in einem Roman so beschw ren, dass sich die Geschichte als idealer Reisebegleiter erweist Nette Idee, aber ich scheitere immer wieder an Gustav Meyrinks Der Golem, ja k rzlich gar an seinem Roman ber den Alchemisten John Dee Der Engel vom westlichen Fenster , auch an den Geschichten von Leo Perutz usw Die Prager Phantastik des fr hen 20 Jahrhunderts ist faszinierend, schreckt mich aber immer wieder mit Pathos, Geschw tzigkeit und gewollter Unverst ndlichkeit.Von Leppin hatte ich noch berhaupt nichts geh rt, aber das Cover lachte mich an Und der Untertitel suggeriert eine Gespenstergeschichte und der November naht und da grusele ich mich gern Zudem ist die Geschichte nicht allzu lang ca 120 Seiten und ansonsten gibt es viel Hintergrundinfos ber Leppin, ber das Prager Literaten Umfeld und vor allem eine gute Dokumentation der im Roman genannten Orte Der deutschsprachige Prager Verlag Vitalis hat hier wieder ganze Arbeit geleistet.Im Mittelpunkt des Romans steht ein junger Mann, der an seinem den B rojob leidet Kafka l sst gr en und der sich nach starken Emotionen, Leidenschaften, Abenteuern sehnt Nach einer Ersch tterung, die Alltag und Langeweile diametral gegen bersteht Es ist ein Wunsch, den man oft nachvollziehen kann wir waren doch alle mal jung und sind immer wieder mal gelangweilt und der einem doch immer wieder kindisch erscheint Insbesondere wenn Frauen benutzt werden, um neue Passionen zu entfachen und dann recht schnell wieder fallengelassen werden, weil die Emotionen sich schnell verschlei en.Wie schon von anderen angemerkt, handelt es sich nicht um eine Geschichte, in der wirklich Gespenster vorkommen Aber die Geschichte ist doch spannend, stimmungsvoll, melancholisch, man riecht, sieht und sp rt die Schattenseiten des Prager Nacht Lebens, empfindet die Getriebenheit vieler Charaktere und wenn schon keine Gespenster, so gibt es doch D monen, mit denen die Hauptfigur und vielleicht auch einige andere Charaktere k mpfen.Der wirklich tolle Anhang hat mich zum Beispiel darauf aufmerksam gemacht, dass an Meyrink gleich zwei der Nebenfiguren angelehnt sind Nicht verwunderlich Beide haben einen Hang zum Okkulten D steren


  3. Henry Martin Henry Martin says:

    Severin s Journey also became my journey into the dark The dark of side streets, the dark of the human heart, the dark of the human psyche Leppin s use of language is masterful, his sentences tight and to the point He grabs you by the neck and sends you tumbling down a dark Prague street in the heels of Severin, a young, confused man, who despises everything around him because he despises himself The internal conflict is as good as Knut Hamsun s Hunger, albeit it uses a completely different Severin s Journey also became my journey into the dark The dark of side streets, the dark of the human heart, the dark of the human psyche Leppin s use of language is masterful, his sentences tight and to the point He grabs you by the neck and sends you tumbling down a dark Prague street in the heels of Severin, a young, confused man, who despises everything around him because he despises himself The internal conflict is as good as Knut Hamsun s Hunger, albeit it uses a completely different approach to portray the raw lust for love, understanding, and acceptance When I say acceptance, I do not mean the external acceptance of the character by his surroundings I mean the acceptance of himself by the protagonist Severin has a little something of Hamsun, Kafka, and Ungar, but there is also a bit of Dostoyevsky s romantics and Capek s revolutionaries Severin is conflicted, uncaring, unhappy individual who tries to quench his thirst for love and understanding by experiencing with women and even playing with death, but what he finds always disappoints him He is desirable yet he, himself, desires not a single one of the women he ends up with, that is, until Ruschena enters his world Until then, Severin leaves a path of destruction and heartaches in his wake as he moves on, unaffected Ruschena changes it all, and, for the first time, Severin finds himself on the other side Yes, the book ended rather abruptly, but not so much as to be bothersome While some of the motifs are dated, the story at its core remains relevant today Well written human stories are timeless.Twisted Spoon Press puts out well designed, beautiful books with quality content This fine example of German Czech writing is no exception


  4. Chris Chris says:

    He listened with careful attention, as though something important were eluding him a sullen waitressserved the guests cheerless beer in cracked glasses Just two chapters in and I want to read everything Leppin ever wrote.If I can bororow from Greil Marcus, Paul Leppin writes as if he s describing his bones coming through his skin.The city is the villain in this novel, a destroying angel, both alluring and repulsive Various locales and buildings, the daylight and the streetlights play He listened with careful attention, as though something important were eluding him a sullen waitressserved the guests cheerless beer in cracked glasses Just two chapters in and I want to read everything Leppin ever wrote.If I can bororow from Greil Marcus, Paul Leppin writes as if he s describing his bones coming through his skin.The city is the villain in this novel, a destroying angel, both alluring and repulsive Various locales and buildings, the daylight and the streetlights playing off them, and the variable weather, all cast mood altering hues, all wreak havoc Severin never stands a chance.The Twisted Spoon edition is beautiful to hold and read The translation by Kevin Blahut is solid There were, perhaps, one or two awkward sounding passages, but since I won t be reading this in the original German anytime soon, I can live with that I will be looking for other Leppin titles soon


  5. J J says:

    Another man stares down into the abyss of nothingness themselves and writes a book about it In this case it was a sub par journey into existential wounding.


  6. Justin Labelle Justin Labelle says:

    Leppin s Journey Into The Dark is an intriguing if somewhat half baked look into the psyche of a lost soul.Severin, the narrative s main protagonist, is an intelligent but adrift man who seeks some form of meaning or significance in life Though he finds physical attention easily, he remains frustrated by his life s seeming lack of purpose.A chance encounter with a bookseller introduces him to the riches and pleasures of a sort of Eyes Wide Shut type of social gathering, though these pleasur Leppin s Journey Into The Dark is an intriguing if somewhat half baked look into the psyche of a lost soul.Severin, the narrative s main protagonist, is an intelligent but adrift man who seeks some form of meaning or significance in life Though he finds physical attention easily, he remains frustrated by his life s seeming lack of purpose.A chance encounter with a bookseller introduces him to the riches and pleasures of a sort of Eyes Wide Shut type of social gathering, though these pleasures are hinted at rather than described.The story then escalates into a sort Love Quadrangle and rushes forward onto an aggressive, if muted ending There s nothing wholly wrong with this novel, only that it owes much to other novels that have explored similar terrain The young but middle aged heterosexual, woe is me, my life should have meaning, narrative is explored to a deeper and darker extant in both The Maimed and The Fall.As for the subtitle, A Prague Ghost Story, it is ghost barely hinted at and misleading to those wanting some form of halloween distraction


  7. John John says:

    Severin is a womanizer A lecher He uses women and sex the way a drug addict uses drugs But Leppin is not interested in casting a romantic light upon Severin s bedroom adventures There is nothing playful or humorous about his conquests Severin is no handsome Casanova, scamp ily leaping from one noble lady s lap to another Severin s world is the dark lamp lit night of Pague Severin s self loathing and hatred of the world he inhabits is total He has not ventured far into the world outside h Severin is a womanizer A lecher He uses women and sex the way a drug addict uses drugs But Leppin is not interested in casting a romantic light upon Severin s bedroom adventures There is nothing playful or humorous about his conquests Severin is no handsome Casanova, scamp ily leaping from one noble lady s lap to another Severin s world is the dark lamp lit night of Pague Severin s self loathing and hatred of the world he inhabits is total He has not ventured far into the world outside his childhood home and the streets that he walked to school and now to work The only difference in his life is that he now lives at night Taking to the streets well after dark to wander the same routes he has a million times before He bumps into a bookshop owner He bumps into a revolutionary He is led into a bar Each bump in his routes lead to a roll in the hay Severin has an uncanny to woo the ladies with a surly, indifference that extends well beyond any real mysterious appeal He loves and leaves them with a mean callousness that makes him a thoroughly unlikable cad.When Severin finally discovers a connection, it is with a bar girl named, Mylada Like all early twenty century literary prostitutes, Mylada is a tragic figure of sexual liberation and strong willed destruction Mylada anticipates and frees Severin of his every desire, but in the end, leaves him a slobbering, sobbing mess The ending of Severin s Dark Journey is masterful Because even with a bomb in his hand, Severin succumbs to the night life


  8. Patrick Hyde Patrick Hyde says:

    I hadn t heard of Leppin before spending a semester in Prague, but once I had discovered that one of this city s finest authors was buried in a cemetery a couple tram stops away, I decided I needed to check out his work His mastery of description is unparalleled just as the protagonist yearns to live and breathe in a past age he read about in a childhood book, Leppin plants an uncontrollable desire in the reader to walk the dark and enigmatic streets of early 20th century Prague The novel fli I hadn t heard of Leppin before spending a semester in Prague, but once I had discovered that one of this city s finest authors was buried in a cemetery a couple tram stops away, I decided I needed to check out his work His mastery of description is unparalleled just as the protagonist yearns to live and breathe in a past age he read about in a childhood book, Leppin plants an uncontrollable desire in the reader to walk the dark and enigmatic streets of early 20th century Prague The novel flirts with existentialist and absurdist themes while establishing a thrilling, if at some times cliche, noir plot line, complete with femme fatalles and troubled men, all of whom are deeply damaged and trouble characters The pacing has a few hiccups and tropes abound, but Leppin s excellent prose allows you to lose yourself in the seedy underworld of Prague


  9. Randy Randy says:

    It would be unfair to rate this book poorly simply because I hated the main character, but I kinda want to Severin is a twenty something disenchanted with his life, and as a result treats everyone around him like shit He treats his girlfriends with the consideration of used dishrags, and does so over and over again It s hard to feel like you should care about what happens to a guy when he s looking for his manic pixie dream girl obviously before the term had been coined to bring his life me It would be unfair to rate this book poorly simply because I hated the main character, but I kinda want to Severin is a twenty something disenchanted with his life, and as a result treats everyone around him like shit He treats his girlfriends with the consideration of used dishrags, and does so over and over again It s hard to feel like you should care about what happens to a guy when he s looking for his manic pixie dream girl obviously before the term had been coined to bring his life meaning I feel like this guy would have been diagnosed as a manic depressive had he been seen by a doctor, which is a terrible thing, but his cruelty towards the other characters and complete self involvement makes him wholly unlikeable and unsympathetic Some poetically beautiful phrasing and engaging descriptions of Prague in this book, but I won t be visiting again


  10. David David says:

    A febrile, intense psychological portrait of a tormented Prague man who searches for love and meaning, leaving unhapiness and disaster in his wake I found the ending somewhat abrupt This publisher produces books in translation that are gorgeous to behold and touch, and whose contents are always at least interesting and at best sublime.


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Severin’s Journey Into the Dark : A Prague Ghost Story [PDF] ✑ Severin’s Journey Into the Dark : A Prague Ghost Story Author Paul Leppin – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Leppin was the truly chosen bard of the painfully disappearing old Prague, its infamous side streets and debauched nights a poet of eternal disillusionment, he was at once a servant of the devil and a Leppin Into the Dark : PDF/EPUB or was the truly Into the Epub á chosen bard of the painfully disappearing old Prague, its infamous side streets and debauched nights a poet of eternal disillusionment, Severin’s Journey MOBI :å he was at once a servant of the devil and an adorer of the Madonna Max BrodLeppin once wrote Prague remains my deepest experience Its Journey Into the PDF ☆ conflicts, its mystery, its ratcatcher s 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 backdrop 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 First published in , Leppin seeks to unlock the mysterious erotic nature of his native city buried deep in the subconscious of its inhabitants His depiction of this world, in a Prague straddling the border between the ancient and the modern, has brought Severin s Journey into the Dark deserved international acclaim As Max Brod so aptly remarked Leppin was the truly chosen bard of the painfully disappearing old Prague.