A literary sensation, as explosive today as in 1932.”Bayerisches Fernsehen
This book, that pulls the whole of human comedy through the needle’s eye of an employee’s everyday life, is not only one of the great literary works of the twentieth century and a major contribution to the psychology of the city’ comparable to Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz
, it is also a project of disillusionment that is eerily relevant today.”Neue Züricher Zeitung
In its analytical power and its illuminating language, this book surpasses everything written in the Weimar Republic about the world of the employee.”Wilfried F. Schoeller, Süddeutsche Zeitung
About the Author
Martin Kessel (19011990) was awarded numerous literary prizes, including the 1926 Kleist Prize, the 1954 Georg Büchner Prize, the 1960 Fontane Prize, and the 1961 Literature Prize of the Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts. His work received renewed attention upon the centenary of his birth.