Miroslav Krleža

Miroslav Krleža

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.

On the Edge of Reason

Fiction by Miroslav Krleža

Until the age of fifty-two, the protagonist of On the Edge of Reason suffered a monotonous existence as a highly respected lawyer. he owned a carriage and wore a top hat. He lived the life of “an orderly good-for-nothing among a whole crowd of neat, gray good-for-nothings.” But, one evening, surrounded by ladies and gentlemen at a party, he hears the Director-General tell a lively anecdote of how he shot four men like dogs for trespassing on his property.…
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Krleža is a shrewd observer of man as social animal, and his wry, sardonic style fits cleanly into the Eastern European tradition of bureaucratic satire by the likes of Kafka, Karel Capek and Jaroslav Hasek.
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