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My Marriage by Jakob Wassermann

My Marriage

My Marriage by Jakob Wassermann
Jan 26, 2016 | 288 Pages
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“Translator Michael Hofmann has unearthed Wassermann’s barely fictionalized and utterly modern marriage tragedy and rendered it in English as a stand-alone novel, My Marriage. It is as lush and brutal—and genuinely honest—a portrait of a relationship as I have ever come across…This is Wassermann, a chronic overwriter, at his boiled-down best. My Marriage is a story that he had been honing in his head for years. Mr. Hofmann’s perceptive translation tunes the novel for the contemporary ear, but really for all time: This is perfectly etched domestic tragedy….[Wassermann] is a master novelist.” —Nathaniel Popkin, The Wall Street Journal

I absolutely could not put My Marriage aside.” —Kai Maristed, The Arts Fuse 

My Marriage is the best (and roughest) novel I have ever read that focuses on a failed marriage…The novel’s final section, “The Age of Dissolution,” is a marvel of Bleak House-level legal disputation, a masterpiece of dead-hearted obsession, and an accidental treatise on how love and marriage disintegrate under the weight of bureaucracy…My Marriage is a masterpiece of matrimonial despair.” —Jonathon Sturgeon, FlavorWire

“The opening pages of this novel by the German writer Jakob Wassermann (1873-1934) are like something out of Chekhov – it’s all there, the ennui, the preening etiquette, the intellectual posturing. As the marriage progresses, the tone becomes increasingly neurotic….a devastating indictment of the choices we make out of convenience against our hearts and instincts, and the tragedies that ensue.” –Andre Naffis-Sahely, The Independent

“…suprisingly modern in its depiction of the emotional trauma of a bad marriage.” –Arif Akbar, The Independent 

“The candour and extremity and intelligence…are profoundly affecting … This is a literary masterwork of a vanished kind, but through the remarkable Hofmann it is born again as a story for our age. Hofmann has the rare ability to refresh the very heart of a text in translating it, to increase its connections to life.” –Rachel Cusk, The Guardian

“[Wassermann’s] most elegant and focused work.” –Nick Richardson, London Review of Books 

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