My Golem

Original title: Můj Golem
Publisher: Argo, Praha, 2009
ISBN: 978-80-257-0219-2
Illustrations: Hana Puchova
163 pages
Age: 12+, Children's Literature


  • In 2010 the book was nominated for the prestigious Czech Magnesia Litera Award.
  • In 2011 it was included in the White Raven catalogue of notable titles deserving worldwide attention.

Rights sold:

Hungarian, German, Bulgarian

The book authentically describes Jewish life and the relationship between Jews and Christians in Renaissance Prague.

A legend from the late 16th century tells of Rabbi Löw, who shaped the Golem out of clay and animated him. This creature’s task was to rush to the besieged Jews of Prague to help in times of need. Many varieties of this old story exist. Toman deals with the matter in a surprising way. He portrays Golem from the perspective of a 15-year-old boy, who lives in the Jewish ghetto. This boy is friends with a Christian girl living just behind the wall of the ghetto. Illustrated by Hana Puchová with elements of comics, the book is intended for teenagers as well as their parents.