Saint Peter’s Snow
Leo Perutz, Eric Mosbacher
It could have been a common street accident that put Dr. Georg Amberg in the hospital, but for the five weeks his doctors say he has been in a coma, recovering from a brain hemorrhage after being run down by a car, he has memories of a more disturbing nature. What of the violent events in the rural village of Morwede? The old woman threatening the priest with a breadknife, angry peasants with flails and cudgels, Baron von Malchin with a pistol defending his dreams for the Holy Roman Empire-how could Dr. Amberg ignore these? And what of the secret experiment to make a mind-altering drug from a white mildew occurring on wheat-a mildew called Saint Peter’s Snow?
Masterly. It possesses the desperate inevitability of Edgar Allen Poe Jewish Chronicle Rich in narrative and erotic suspense... This small gem of a novel is worth reading in any language San Francisco Chronicle Ranks with 1984 in its portrait of a manipulated populace Library Journal
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