Fiction. Translated from the German by Stephanie Howard and Amy R. Nestor. Towards 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 owrkd has been constricted to the view from the window of his cellar workroom. 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.
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Review: Others' ParadiseUser Review - Eric - Goodreads
Fast becoming one of my favorite authors. A predecessor of Kafka in love with Prague's dark places and fractured cityscape. This is a series of short tales that are as much psychological thrillers as modernist remakes of East European fables. Read full review
Review: Others' ParadiseUser Review - Chris - Goodreads
The writing is beautiful with many a lyric line. The protagonists in these stories though too often have just one dimension, their tragic flaw, explored. Read full review