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The Confusions of Young Torless (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics) (original 1906; edition 2001)
by Robert Musil, Shaun Whiteside (Translator), J. M. Coetzee (Introduction)
The Confusions of Young Törless by Robert Musil (1906)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142180009, Paperback)
Like his contemporary and rival Sigmund Freud, Robert Musil boldly explored the dark, irrational undercurrents of humanity. The Confusions of Young Törless, published in 1906 while he was a student, uncovers the bullying, snobbery, and vicious homoerotic violence at an elite boys academy. Unsparingly honest in its depiction of the author's tangled feelings about his mother, other women, and male bonding, it also vividly illustrates the crisis of a whole society, where the breakdown of traditional values and the cult of pitiless masculine strength were soon to lead to the cataclysm of the First World War and the rise of fascism. A century later, Musil's first novel still retains its shocking, prophetic power.
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