An achingly beautiful fictional account of the rise and fall of the Emperor Napoleon
Preussler’s storytelling mastery and gift for atmosphere render this Bildungsroman-meets-Gothic horror both timeless and splendidly, creepily original.
This phantasmal, complex novel of ideas takes place in a “wild, precipitous landscape”
Authors writing in Czech have always had plenty to say.
The older you are, the less exposure you can tolerate.
I even had erotic dreams in which the chess pieces lusted after each other.
The leg I don’t have is what hurts.
Krakow in my childhood didn’t belong to anyone.
We should’ve sorted it out when he was nine, when he hung the neighbor’s cat.
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