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A meeting with Gerschom Scholem in the Jewish quarter of east Berlin a few decades after the war. “Speaking loudly in a Berlin accent, a long tall man with protruding ears, He had made the journey of his life one more time, one more Berlin–Jerusalem round trip, wearing a light coat.”
Often presented in a heroic and/or fearsome light, Napoleon is here reduced to childish fears of ghosts in this early story from one of Britain’s finest writers. As the emperor gets ready for bed, he begins to see strange shapes and to hear ominous voices. Part ghost story, part historical farce, this work is full of the astounding promise of a young genius on her way towards writing truly revolutionary literature.