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The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers

By Hermann Broch
Translated by Willa and Edwin Muir

The Sleepwalkers bear[s] witness to Broch’s possession of something more than acute psychological insight, something other and much rared than a gift for storytelling. Reading them, we are haunted by the strange and disquieting feeling that we are at the very limits of the expressible. . . . Broch performs with an impeccable virtuosity.” –Aldous Huxley

“One of the greatest European novels,” –Milan Kundera

“One of the few really great original and thoughtful novels of this century.” –Stephen Spender

With this epic trilogy, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer-philosopher the equal of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or Robert Musil.  Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic changes that would shortly sweep that life into the abyss.

Whether he is writing about a neurotic army officer (The Romantic), a disgruntled bookkeeper and would-be assassin (The Anarchist), or an opportunistic war-deserter (The Realist), Broch immerses himself in the twists of his characters’ psyches, and at the same time soars above them, to produce a prophetic portrait of a world tormented by its loss of faith, morals, and reason.

Paperback
656 pages 
Vintage International, 1996
Originally Published in 1931-32
5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
ISBN 9780679764069
Fiction

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