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The invisible novel

“Meyrink feels extinguished. The wick does not accept a flame. He stands in burned matches up to his ankles. "(Quotation on page 153)

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Gustav Meyrink, the well-known author of the "Golem", urgently needs a new successful novel in order to be able to continue to finance his lavish lifestyle. He will soon be fifty years old and he has no ideas for a new subject. When he was asked by the Foreign Office in Berlin in 1917 whether he wanted to write a commissioned work, he agreed after a moment's thought. However, the new novel has to prove that the Freemasons were to blame for the outbreak of the First World War. This is where the problem begins for Meyrink, because despite the extensive documents that he receives from Berlin, he has no idea how to implement this ... more

“Meyrink feels extinguished. The wick does not accept a flame. He stands in burned matches up to his ankles. "(Quotation on page 153)

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Gustav Meyrink, the well-known author of the "Golem", urgently needs a new successful novel in order to be able to continue to finance his lavish lifestyle. He will soon be fifty years old and he has no ideas for new material. When he was asked by the Foreign Office in Berlin in 1917 whether he wanted to write a commissioned work, he agreed after a moment's thought. However, the new novel has to prove that the Freemasons were to blame for the outbreak of the First World War. This is where the problem begins for Meyrink, because despite the extensive documents he receives from Berlin, he has no idea how to implement this and he does not want to write this book.

Subject and genre
This biographical novel describes an exciting, little-known episode in the life of the writer Gustav Meyrink. The author skillfully links facts with the story and plot he tells in his book.

Characters
The writer Gustav Meyrink, a member of several occult secret societies, is an apolitical person, although he is naturally informed and a good observer. He needs the fee that Berlin is offering him and makes a commitment when he accepts the advance payment against his better judgment. He struggles with his own conscience and this leads to writer's block. When describing the main protagonist, the author sticks to the well-known biographical facts that he incorporates into the problematic of his novel.

Plot and writing style
The plot extends over a short period of 1917/1918, and is supplemented by flashbacks, which describe past events in Meyrink's life, so that the reader can also find a biography of the writer from the novel. Written from a personal narrative perspective with a focus on the main protagonist Meyrink, the memories change into first-person form. The plot is supplemented by factual research notes that substantiate individual facts.
The novel skilfully mixes facts with fiction and as a reader you feel right in the middle of the events, you feel Meyrink's conflict, but also his humorous and critical way of seeing life, including his own. The solution that the author offers as Meyrink's idea for the implementation of this problematic assignment is ingenious.
Poschenrieder's language is great to read, his descriptions hit the point, they paint pictures and see his main character Meyrink with objective humor, whose doubts about his own behavior are intensely and comprehensibly characterized. The description of writer's block, for example, is language perfection and reading pleasure.

Conclusion
A biographical novel that focuses on the varied life of the writer Gustav Meyrink and, above all, a political commissioned work that he accepted towards the end of the First World War due to financial worries. An exciting, linguistically great mixture of fiction and facts.