The Maimed

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Twisted Spoon Press, 2002 - Fiction - 218 pages
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Set in Prague, relates the story of a neurotic, socially inept bank clerk who is eventually forced to have sexual relations with his widowed landlady. He must also witness the physical and mental deterioration of a friend who is suffering from an unnamed disease.

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by Hermann Unbar
translated by Mike Mitchell
A bizarre story of a man,
named Franz Polzer.
Polzer has problems with OCD. Obsessive, compulsive disorder. He is always counting things. Afraid he is being robbed. His life full of routines.
He lives with his oversexed landlady. After accepting a gift of clothing to wear to work as a bank clerk, his one and only job. He's offered a promotion but his fears intervene.
I found this book hard to follow, probably due to the translation from German to English.
Hermann Ungar the author was a German-speaking Jew living in Moravia. (1893-1929) Forgotten about after the war, until the French translation of the book surfaced.
Hard to read and keep track, if you can get over the names of the characters, and can follow who is speaking at the time, you'll do fine. I got lost a few times.
The ending is as bizarre as the characters. Out of the blue, I never expected it, even though it's hinted throughout the book. A great twist!
I'd give this book four out of five stars. ****
Michael Estey

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