Austrian writer/painter Mela Hartwig’s short novel from 1931 portrays a misfit who is at once self-loathing yet keenly arrogant.
Portnoy’s Complaint no longer resonates. It has become a snapshot of a culture that emancipated its scions from itself.
Genese Grill’s study of The Man Without Qualities provides a guide through the mystical “Other Condition” in the elusive latter portions of Robert Musil’s modernist novel.
My books of 2012, favorites and others of interest. Satantango, The Galley Slave, William Bronk’s Later Poetry, Carl Barks, and many others.
This 1969 novel from Hungary is about a man who works with “the waste products of a society that maintains order by violence,” and what their suffering comes to mean to him.
A grotesque Slovenian novel of plague and witch trials, set in the 17th century. It chronicles a single man’s psychic dissolution in the face of conflicting chaos and superstition.
Siobhan Phillips’ work of philosophical poetry criticism discusses the structure of time and everyday repetition in four 20th century American poets: Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and James Merrill.