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The Master of the Day of Judgement

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  335 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
1930. The Master of the Day of Judgment is about a drug, created in Florence in the 16th century, that makes people see the Master (God). The downside is that they also see the Day of Judgment and all the demons of Hell, which leads them to believe that they are being attacked by the demons of Hell and then they commit suicide. The novel, set in Vienna in 1909, is structur ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1923)
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César Lasso
Me había formado expectativas altas en torno a este autor y confieso que me siento un poco decepcionado. En realidad, el motivo de mi elección es un viraje anímico hacia temas germánicos, y Leo Perutz fue un judío austriaco. Pero no soy aficionado al género policial y tampoco me ha convencido la fórmula de mezclar ese género con elementos fantásticos.

Lo que sí me ha hecho gracia es acercarme a la Viena de 1909. Transportarme a otras épocas y evaluar los progresos de otros tiempos es algo que me
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Oscar
Al leer sobre el praguense Leo Perutz, le llama a uno la atención la cantidad de referentes con los que se le quiere comparar: que si mezcla de Conan Doyle, Kafka y Dostoyevski, que si mezcla de Graham Greene, Calvino y Borges, que si mezcla de Agatha Christie y Kafka. Hasta con Dumas y Stevenson ha sido comparado. Quizás sean exageraciones cuando lo que pretendía el autor al escribir esta novela era deleitar al lector con un misterio. No sé si influencia, pero el parecido con Kafka es más que e ...more
Julia
Jan 23, 2016 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 00-standalone
Inhalt: Eines der schönsten und spannendsten Werke des österreichischen Autors Leo Perutz. Ein »Buch für schlaflose Nächte, eines das schlaflose Nächte erzeugt.« Richard A. Bermann
»Wisse, daß geschehene Dinge niemals ein Ende haben.« Das sagt im Jahre 1532 in Florenz der Arzt und Chemiker Salimbeni. Und im Jahre 1909 in Wien bewahrheiten sich seine düster-prophetischen Worte. Gleich mehrere Personen begehen Selbstmord, sämtlich unter den gleichen rätselhaften Umständen und – das ist das Unheimli
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Axolotl
One afternoon, Eugene Bischoff, a notable Viennese stage actor, wanders off during a cordial afternoon of music among friends in order to successfully commit suicide.

Or was it murder?
Who is the Master of the Day of Judgment?

Nothing is quite what it seems in Vienna in the early years of the twentieth century.

Thus the story begins as a cracking "locked room" mystery, as exemplified by those of the great John Dickson Carr,
only to rapidly transform into an hallucinogenic/psychological romp throu
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Dailese
"Der Meister des Jüngsten Tages" von Leo Perutz kommt mir so vor wie eine Parodie von Dostoyevsky über Agatha Christie, ich meine so würde ich mir Dostoyevsky vorstellen hätte er Agatha Christie nachgeahmt. Die Geschichte mischt gnadenlos den normal Ablauf einer Kriminellgeschichte mit dem fatastischen, gruseligen und kaum glaubhaften Erscheinungen des Lebens, oder ist es des Rausches, oder ist es des Traums?. Mann könnte glaubwurding behaupten: Der Roman ist ein Kriminalroman der keiner ist. Di ...more
Aprile
Sep 16, 2012 Aprile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ogni lettore si costruisce negli anni la propria rete di riferimenti, di raggruppamenti, di rimandi fra una lettura e l'altra e poi approfondisce cio' che piu' gli e' consono oppure cio' che e' piu' diverso allo scopo di prender confidenza con cio' che non conosce. Ho ritrovato "Il maestro del giudizio universale" in diverse letture gia' fatte, prima fra tutte 'Le braci' di Marai, e poi 'L'ora del diavolo' di Pessoa, ma anche la signorina Moidil che guarda dentro al suo magazzino nel 'Silenzio d ...more
Matthew
Apr 21, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was ready to give this book a 3 star rating but the last three chapters are a tour-de-force and made me need to read the first chapter again, changing its impact brilliantly.

Indeed, I'll need to read the whole thing again very soon because I know I missed so much detail during my first reading.
Felix
German edition - German review:

Ein weiterer stimmungsvoll-phantastischer Roman von Leo Perutz, wahrscheinlich sogar sein bekanntester. Wie viele andere seiner Romane lebt auch dieser von der Unzuverlässigkeit seines unsympathischen Erzählers: ein klassisches Muster phantastischer Literatur, das hier von Leo Perutz ein weiteres Mal gekonnt ausgespielt wird. Der oft skrupellos und brutal agierende Freiherr von Yosch, aus dessen Perspektive wir die Ereignisse um den Selbstmord des Schauspielers Eug
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Rosenkavalier
Come Kurtz, anche i protagonisti del racconto guardano nell'abisso. Inevitabilmente, l'abisso guarda dentro di loro.
Ancora una volta, gli ordinati sobborghi della nobiltà viennese vedono scardinata la razionale joie de vivre, moderatamente bohemienne, dei membri della loro società dall'irruzione del fantastico, dell'irrazionale.
Perutz ritorna sui luoghi dell'Albero di mango, questa volta la sovversione non viene dalla lontana India, ma dalla vicina Toscana e da un misconosciuto alchimista rina
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Francesco
Mar 13, 2015 Francesco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Francesco by: Gerardo
Una storia sminuita
Questo libro ci racconta, come viene anche descritto nelle alette del testo, degli eventi che hanno portato alla morte di un attore e di come il barone, protagonista in prima persona, cerca di trovare il vero colpevole di tale delitto.
Purtroppo, contrariamente a quello che lascia intendere questa descrizione, il romanzo non consiste in una vera e propria analisi dei fatti con le deduzioni che ne seguono. Se così fosse stato, credo che mi avrebbe preso di più e l'avrei praticam
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Bob
Jan 26, 2009 Bob rated it really liked it
Though I've done them in the wrong order, you might want to get through Robert Musil before moving onto this lesser Czech-Viennese writer who is said to have been admired by Borges, Italo Calvino and Graham Greene (who are all the type of writers who read so much they are perpetually recommending people you've never heard of).

This 1921 book is apparently a minor classic - a murder mystery (before the genre become entirely calcified) with a strong admixture of the Freudian psychological ideas of
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Christian
Jul 24, 2011 Christian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing novel where you never quite know how much the author is playing with you and what the "reality" in the book is, and which part is fiction within fiction or even fiction within fiction within fiction. The plot is constructed very well and intentionally misleads you, even though it gives away certain cues which you can identify after a repeated reading of the book. At the ends, there follows an intelligent and truly unexpected twist. This is a very fascinating book, truly!
Đorđe Bajić
Dec 25, 2012 Đorđe Bajić rated it it was amazing
Odličan krimić sa elementima natprirodnog.
Tim Mayer
Sep 27, 2009 Tim Mayer rated it really liked it
From KEW's 13 Best Non-Supernatural Horror Novels:

#12: "The Master of the Day of Judgment by Leo Perutz
Is it real or is it hashish? But what is reality? It's all relative, isn't it? This one is strange even for Perutz."

The Master of the Day of Judgment is told from the point of view of Baron Yosch, a military officer in the Kaiser's army. Although the events taking place in the book occur over a few days in 1909, the book supposedly comes from a manuscript found in the baron's personal papers af
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Rick
Nov 02, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leo Perutz’s MASTER OF THE DAY OF JUDGMENT (1921) is a mystery novel but not like any I’ve ever read before. When actor Eugen Bischoff is found shot dead in his home, an apparent suicide, the narrator, Baron von Yosch, is thought to have brought the suicide about, especially because he was once the lover of Bischoff’s wife.

The wife’s brother, Felix, is convinced of Yosch’s guilt and thinks he can demonstrate it. Two of Yosch’s friends, however, believe in his innocence and set out to solve the m
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Elisabeth Schinagl
Auch wenn es wohl sein bekanntestes ist,ist es nicht mein Lieblingsbuch von Perutz. Aber das Spiel zwischen Realität und Wahn,das Perutz hier spielt ist spannend und faszinierend. Besonders gelungen finde ich das erste Kapitel "Vorwort statt eines Nachworts". Passagen daraus lasse ich meine eigene Romanfigur Harald Gutjahn in meinem Roman "Alles wie immer. Die Wahrheit darf keiner wissen" in dessen geheimen Aufzeichnungen zitieren.
Σπύρος Γλύκας
Feb 15, 2014 Σπύρος Γλύκας rated it really liked it
Όταν πήρα μαζί μου για να διαβάσω αυτό το βιβλίο σκεφτόμουν στο πίσω μέρος του μυαλού μου ότι αυτή τη φορά θα έπρεπε να πράξω σύμφωνα με τις επιθυμίες μου και να πάρω επιτέλους ένα αστυνομικό μυθιστόρημα για να το διασκεδάσω και να ξεφύγω απ' την δική μου πεπατημένη που θέλει συνήθως να έχω μαζί μου βιβλία που με δυσκολεύουν και με βάζουν σε σκέψεις. Δεν θυμόμουν λοιπόν ότι ο Μαίτρ της Δευτέρας Παρουσίας που είχα σημειώσει στο τεφτεράκι μου κάποια στιγμή πέρσι και που μου το έκαναν δώρο πριν μήν ...more
Nickolai
Apr 07, 2016 Nickolai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Хороший мистический триллер. Очень легко читается и постоянно держит в напряжении. Книга оставила приятное впечатление. Захотелось почитать еще что-нибудь этого автора.
Anastasia Usmanova
Mar 09, 2016 Anastasia Usmanova rated it really liked it
That book was read in a day, I just couldn't stop till I finished. And I enjoyed it.
Paula Goodman
Sep 14, 2007 Paula Goodman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksiloved
Der Meister... was totally thrilling from beginning to end. One of my favorite parts was the narrator's account of the diabolical images that come to mind while he is playing the Brahms piano trio -- diabolical things that of course then play out in the novel. Such a center piece giving to making music - well, that is very dear to my heart.
Valeria
Feb 08, 2014 Valeria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This little book packs a punch. Even after youve read the last word, you still won't know what truly happened. Love to have discovered this author! ...more
manfred
hab ich mir doch tatsächlich mehr erwartet von - trotzdem: solid geschrieben, strukturell natürlich hoch spannend... erinnert mich an ein proseminar bei karl wagner damals auf der germanistik, wo wir anhand der strukturellen gegebenheiten von texten interpretatorische räume aufspannten...
Turan
Ziemlich gruseliges und sehr gut geschriebenes Verwirrspiel um rätselhafte Selbstmorde, ...wenn es denn wirklich welche waren. Und ein überraschendes Ende nach dem eigentlichen Ende, das irritiert, aber nicht aufgesetzt wirkt. Mein erstes Buch von Perutz und ich möchte mehr davon!
Lorna Leicester
Dec 29, 2015 Lorna Leicester rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you for this Goodreads Giveaway.

This traditional whodunit was a pleasure to read.

Upon finishing it, my immediate instinct was to read it again to find the clues that I may have missed on the first reading.

Highly recommended!
Ben
Dec 15, 2014 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strange locked-room mystery originally published in Austria in 1921 and concerning a rash of seemingly induced suicides in Vienna. The bizarre tale is short and entertaining, with an eerie atmosphere and an effectively frightening solution.
Chris
One of the most frustrating books I've ever read. This is a 3 or 4-star book with a zero-star ending. Very disappointing. I'm not sure what Karl Edward Wagner saw in it in order to recommend it as one of the best non-supernatural horror novels.
Joerg
Jan 12, 2011 Joerg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kakanien
Eine kakanisches, herausgeberfiktionales Leckerli.

"Aber was Sie vorher als Furcht erlebt haben, war nur ein schwacher Widerschein eines Gefühls, das seit Jahrtausenden in uns erloschen ist."
The Wee Hen
Mar 01, 2012 The Wee Hen rated it liked it
An interesting locked-room mystery with a bit of mind-fiddlery to it. Extremely quick read. Nice little snapshot of Europe in the early 20th century. Crisp, elegant, and amusing. Why not?
Ivana
Sep 21, 2013 Ivana added it
Starts like the usual murder in the closed room (in this case, more like a forced suicide), ventures into fantastic with more mysterious suicides, ends with another twist. Great storytelling.
Theut
Nov 11, 2013 Theut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non mi ha entusiasmato come gli altri libri di Perutz: ho trovato la storia un po' forzata.
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