The Snow of St Peter

The Snow of St Peter

Leo Perutz

After a serious head injury, Dr Friedrich Amberg, the local doctor of a remote Westphalian village in the 1930s, regains consciousness, unable to remember the events of the last five weeks. Trying to reclaim his memories from the darkness, he struggles with the existential question of whether his love for Bibiche, a Greek chemist, was consummated in this lost period or remained a dream. To distinguish between memory and fantasy while preserving his personal identity becomes a tightrope walk. Finally, Amberg meets the Baronet of Malchin, an eccentric who claims to have discovered, in his experimental research, a substance to reawaken the fervour of mystical faith. His chemical agent is, in fact, linked to an epidemic crop disease known as St Peter's Snow. Torn between fascination and critical realism, the doctor witnesses Malchin leading the villagers to the edge of disaster.

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The Snow of St Peter

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