Set in Vienna in the 1920s, the novel is a portrait of the disastrous marriage of one Rudolph Gurdweill, a poor Jewish intellectual, to a sadistic and anti-Semitic baroness. Her unfaithfulness and cruelty to the well-meaning but helpless and masochistic writer clearly represents the relationship between Vienna and its Jews. The complex atmosphere of Viennese culture between the wars is conveyed in highly detailed descriptions; countless cigarettes and cups of coffee and endless rendezvous in cafés seem to be central to the existence of these doomed characters. An important novel, not only as a historic document, but as a work of literature that echoes both Kafka and Mann.
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Review: Married Life (Hebrew Classics)User Review - Elazar - Goodreads
A surprisingly good book, especially because it was originally written in Hebrew in Europe as early as 1928. Fascinating psychology and excellent writing. Read full review
Review: Married Life (Hebrew Classics)User Review - Jean-Paul - Goodreads
Poetic and psychologically deep as well as being historically fascinating! I highly reccommend it! Read full review