This novel, is set in Prague, the capital of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire, torn by the religious wars of the early 17th century. The stone bridge of the title features in a story about a Rabbi who plants a red rose beneath it to mark the spot where adultery took place.
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One night in 1598, Emperor Rudolf II awakes with a shriek. At the same time, in the Jewish ghetto of Prague, Esther, wife of Meisl, dies in her sleep. These three characters become further intertwined as the plot moves from Rudolf's one love, beauty, to his other love, money. The fortunes of Rudolf and Mordechai Meisl are forever linked by hatred and interest due, finally involving all the servants at court, the citizens of Prague, and the Jews of the ghetto. Within this framework, Perutz unfolds 14 closely linked stories, each told centuries later by Meisl's great-great-great-great nephew, a medical student and tutor in Prague. This is Perutz's tenth novel, written prior to his final work, Leonardo's Judas, and it bears all the marks of his continuing quest for historical detail and insistence upon making the past a vivid presence. This welcome translation of an important writer's work is highly recommended. ( Library Journal)Book Description:
This enchanting novel-called "arguably Perutz's masterpiece" by the Boston Globe-depicts a world where dreams, legend, and history merge.
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