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11.03.2010

Golem (1996)


Golem by David WisniewskiRetold and Illustrated by David Wisniewski

Cut paper

Clarion Books

This is an extraordinarily beautiful book which tells the story of the Golem, a giant made from the earth and given life by the Cabalist Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel in the year 1580. This story has been around for many centuries, and is considered to be the forerunner of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

There are no scientists here, however, only Cabalists and practitioners of the occult. Once the giant is raised and given its marching orders - to destroy the enemy - it does not then go quietly into the night.

"Your purpose is at an end," says Rabbi Loew, standing on the balcony and considering the many hundreds of graves strewn below.

The towering Golem asks if he will remember this day.

"No. You will be clay."

Golem by David Wisniewski

"Then I shall not obey you," responds the creature, his forehead still marked with the Hebrew letters which gave him life.

Golem by David Wisniewski
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The book is illustrated with incredibly detailed cut-paper, and the scope it offers is thrilling. Wisniewski is equal to the task of creating extreme close-ups in which we see both the sorrow and the bloodlust present within the Golem, and also city scenes with seemingly several hundred tiny figures rushing through the streets, brandishing torches.

More picture books about the golem!

More picture books based on Jewish Folklore!

Golem by David Wisniewski

Here's a book trailer I found online, pretty cool!



David Wisniewski
David Wisniewski (1953 - 2002)
Read his obituary.
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