I'm Not Stiller
Arrested and imprisoned in a small Swiss town, a prisoner begins this book with an exclamation: "I'm not Stiller!" He claims that his name is Jim White, that he has been jailed under false charges and under the wrong identity. To prove he is who he claims to be, he confesses to three unsolved murders and recalls in great detail an adventuresome life in America and Mexico among cowboys and peasants, in back alleys and docks. He is consumed by "the morbid impulse to convince," but no one believes him.
This is a harrowing account—part Kafka, part Camus—of the power of self-deception and the freedom that ultimately lies in self-acceptance. Simultaneously haunting and humorous, I'm Not Stiller has come to be recognized as "one of the major post-war works of fiction" and a masterpiece of German literature.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - amerynth - LibraryThing
I really enjoyed Max Fisch's novel "I'm Not Stiller." The story was really compelling and offered up some great thoughts on identity -- are you the person you believe yourself to be.... or are you the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - hbergander - LibraryThing
Widespread novel at the top of German prose about the communicable and the unspeakable of a complex personality. Read full review