On the Edge of Reason

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New Directions Publishing, 1989 - Fiction - 182 pages
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During his long and distinguished career, the Croatian writer Miroslav Krleza (1893-1981) battled against many forms of tyranny. In On the Edge of Reason, his protagonist is a middle-aged lawyer whose life and career have been eminently respectable and respected. One evening, at a party attended by the local elite, he inadvertently blurts out an honest thought. From this moment, all hell breaks loose.... On the Edge of Reason reveals the fundamental chasm between conformity and individuality. As folly piles on folly, hypocrisy on hypocrisy, reason itself begins to give way, and the edge between reality and unreality disappears.
 

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"As far as I could gather until I was fifty-two, no one ever heard a discouraging or malicious statement about me. I was, in fact, quite nameless and invisible, so discreet that nobody ever took ... Read full review

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The Croatian writer's 1938 novel is an attack on conformity. The plot follows the mayhem that ensues after the protagonist, a model citizen in every way, inadvertently utters an honest observation rather than the canned response that is expected. Read full review

Contents

On Human Folly
13
Dinner Party in Domacinskis Vineyard
25
The Storm Over the Small Town
39
Goodby
55
Scandal in the Hotel
71
Crime and Punishment
97
Behind Bars
135
Troubles on All Sides
151
Intermezzo in the Sistine Chapel
163
Among the Shipwrecked
171
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Miroslav Krleža (1893-1981) was a Croat and Yugoslav novelist, poet, and essayist. He received many Yugoslavian literary prizes and multiple international awards, including the Heder prize. He has frequently been proclaimed the greatest Croatian writer of the twentieth century.

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