Penguin.com (usa)

The Confusions of Young Torless

The Confusions of Young Torless

Robert Musil - Author

Shaun Whiteside - Translator

J. M. Coetzee - Introduction by

Paperback | $14.00 | add to cart | view cart
ISBN 9780142180006 | 176 pages | 01 Sep 2001 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
Additional Formats:
Summary of The Confusions of Young Torless Summary of The Confusions of Young Torless Reviews for The Confusions of Young Torless An Excerpt from The Confusions of Young Torless
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.