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Lot #    19842
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 1:17:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    St. Petri-Schnee: roman
Author    [First Ed.] Leo Perutz
City    Berlin
Publisher    Paul Zsolnay Verlag
Publication Date    1933
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 312, [1] pp., 187:114 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    The first edition of a novel by Leo (18841957), an Austrian novelist. The title means Saint Peter's Snow and the novel is set in what was then the present day (1932). The title refers to a drug which induces religious fervor; the Nazis, understandably, did not care for it.

Perutz, the son of a Prague industrialist, lived in Vienna as a free-lance writer after World War I, in which he served as an officer. After the Anschluss in 1938 he emigrated to Erez Israel. In his vivid historical novels Perutz displays the visionary power and technical skill of the born storyteller.

His works which have a fantastic and eerie quality, include one about Hernando Cortez, Die dritte Kugel (1915); Zwischen neun und neun (1918; From Nine to Nine, 1927), set in Prague; the prizewinning Der Marques de Bolibar (1920; The Marquis de Bolivar, 1926); Der Meister des juengsten Tages (1923; The Master of the Day of Judgement, 1929); Turlupin (1924), on Richelieu and his age; Wohin rollst du, Aepfelchen? (1928; Where Will You Fall?, 1930), set in postwar Vienna and Soviet Russia; and Der schwedische Reiter (1936). The last novel published during the author's lifetime, Nachts unter der steinernen Bruecke (1953), evokes the Prague of Rudolf II; Der Judas des Leonardo, set in the Milan of Ludovico Sforza, appeared in 1959. Perutz' short stories were collected in Der Kosak und die Nachtigall (1927) and Herr, erbarme dich meiner (1930). His plays such as Die Reise nach Pressburg (1930) and Morgen ist Feiertag (1936), were less successful.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
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