The Swedish Horseman

The Swedish Horseman

Leo Perutz

"If German literature ever brought forth a brilliant stylist, a most wonderful and almost infallible stylist, surpassing Keller, Fontane, Kafka, and, in a way, even Goethe, then it must be Leo Perutz from Prague." Eckhard Henscheid's assessment of the work of Leo Perutz echoes earlier appraisals by Tucholsky, Adorno and Polgar. The world portrayed in Der schwedische Reiter, a novel that immediately transports the reader to the beginning of the 18th century, is both colourful and mysteriously dark. Der schwedische Reiter tells of the interwoven lives of two very different men. War and barbarity set the scene for the meeting of a nameless vagabond and a Swedish army officer, the deserter Christian von Tornefeld. One of them, with cunning and malice, yet also out of love for a woman, will assume the identity of the other. Perutz brilliantly describes this metamorphosis from trickster to faux-noble, opening up a fantastic panopticum of godless prelates, honourable robbers and charming rascals. But even in this world of shadows, dreams and doppelgangers, nothing lasts forever.

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The Swedish Horseman

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