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The Confusions of Young Törless

The Confusions of Young Törless

By Robert Musil
Introduction by J.M. Coetzee
Translated by Shaun Whiteside

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.

176 pages 
Penguin Classics, 2001
Originally published in 1906
5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
ISBN 9780142180006 
Novel, Coming-of-Age

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