The Confusions of Young Master Torless Paperback
by Robert Musil
As the nineteenth century draws to an end, young Torless is sent to a military boarding school for the sons of the nobility on the eastern outreaches of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Far from his comfortable, free-thinking bourgeois home and left to his own devices, he experiences the joy, pain and self-doubt of adolescence.
He is confronted with desire and love, but also his own cruelty, as he finds himself participating in his fellow pupils' bullying campaigns.
A dark Bildungsroman which shocked its readership at the time, Robert Musil's first novel is a fresco of psychoanalysis, philosophy, eroticism, snobbery, sado-masochism and schoolboy humour, a hothouse of alternately repressed and unchained desires that prefigure the carnage of both World Wars.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 250 pages
- Publisher: Alma Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 20/11/2013
- Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847493545