Others' Paradise: Tales of Old Prague

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9788086264530: Others' Paradise: Tales of Old Prague

Toward the end of his life Leppin wrote: "Prague remains my deepest experience. Its conflict, its mystery, its rat-catcher's beauty have ever provided my poetic efforts with new inspiration and meaning." Others' Paradise represents one of the most intense expressions of this experience. Beginning with the highly imagistic "The Doors of Life," the eight stories contained in this volume detail the contours of the lives and visions of a collection of Prague inhabitants, from a prostitute bound to the decay of the old Jewish quarter, to a man caught in the memory of a lost love, and a shoemaker whose knowledge of the world has been constricted to the view from the window of his cellar workroom. Amidst their differing circumstances what these characters share is an intense desire for lasting human contact and the fated disappointment of all such aspirations. Binding their personal histories, woven into their most intimate details, is Prague itself, the city whose nature, mythical and yet all-too-real, gives shape and force to their desires while simultaneously determining their frustrations.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Paul Leppin was born in Prague on November 27, 1878. Beginning with the appearance of his first novel, The Doors of Life, in 1901, his poetry, prose, and criticism appeared regularly in Prague and Germany over the next thirty years. Leppin was also one of the few German writers to have close contacts with the Czech literary community, and his contribution to the city's literature and culture was recognized both in 1934, when he was awarded chiller Memorial Prize, and in 1938, when he received the Czechoslovak Ministry of Culture Award. He died in Prague of syphilis on April 10, 1945.

From Booklist:

Prague before World War I must have been the cradle of twentieth-century existential paranoia. There Kafka's--and Leppin's--imaginations burgeoned. "The Doors of Life," the longest story in this finally translated 1921 collection, concerns Veronika, living with six other women in an old house in Prague's Jewish quarter. She has borne and lost a child, and the father as well as her father were incarnations of the same man, as is the neighbor she eventually has an affair with, only to be thrown over and returned to the sequestered old house. "Doors of Life," indeed! The story's figurative doors give access from captivity to exploitation and recapture. Passion is a delusion, trapping in despair everyone who yields to it. Don't yield, and you are stifled by passionless bourgeois conformity, like the shoemaker of "Others' Paradise," who knows the world only as a succession of feet. Leppin (1878-1945), a civil servant revulsed by bourgeois life who reactively plunged into decadence, reads like the missing link between Baudelaire and the scalding satirical artist George Grosz. Ray Olson
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Leppin, Paul
Published by Twisted Spoon Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 808626453X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.70
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Leppin, Paul
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Leppin, Paul
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 28832635-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.16
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Leppin, Paul
Published by Twisted Spoon Press
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 808626453X. Bookseller Inventory # Z808626453XZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Paul Leppin
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 134 pages. 0.176. Bookseller Inventory # 9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.14
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Leppin, Paul/ Howard, Stephanie (Translator)/ Nestor, Amy (Translator)
Published by Twisted Spoon Pr (2016)
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Revaluation Books
(Exeter, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Pr, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 2nd edition. 134 pages. 7.48x5.31x0.51 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __808626453X

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.91
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Leppin, Paul
Published by Twisted Spoon Press (2016)
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.87
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Paul Leppin
Published by Twisted Spoon Press
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Bookseller Inventory # B9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.15
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Leppin, Paul
Published by Twisted Spoon Press
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Russell Books
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 808626453X Special order direct from the distributor. Bookseller Inventory # ING9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.00
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.00
From Canada to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Paul Leppin
Published by Twisted Spoon Press, Czech Republic (2016)
ISBN 10: 808626453X ISBN 13: 9788086264530
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
The Book Depository EURO
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Twisted Spoon Press, Czech Republic, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 2nd Revised edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. Toward the end of his life Leppin wrote: Prague remains my deepest experience. Its conflict, its mystery, its rat-catcher s beauty have ever provided my poetic efforts with new inspiration and meaning. Others Paradise represents one of the most intense expressions of this experience. Beginning with the highly imagistic The Doors of Life, the eight stories contained in this volume detail the contours of the lives and visions of a collection of Prague inhabitants, from a prostitute bound to the decay of the old Jewish quarter, to a man caught in the memory of a lost love, and a shoemaker whose knowledge of the world has been constricted to the view from the window of his cellar workroom. Amidst their differing circumstances what these characters share is an intense desire for lasting human contact and the fated disappointment of all such aspirations. Binding their personal histories, woven into their most intimate details, is Prague itself, the city whose nature, mythical and yet all-too-real, gives shape and force to their desires while simultaneously determining their frustrations. Bookseller Inventory # AAO9788086264530

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.71
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.96
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book