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.

Publishers Weekly

From the great Croatian writer: a masterly work of literature—hilarious, unforgiving, and utterly reasonable

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On the Edge of Reason

Fictionby Miroslav Krleža

Translated from Croatian by Zora Depolo

With a contribution by Joshua Cohen

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. In response, our hero blurts out an honest thought. From this moment, all hell breaks loose.

Written in 1938, On the Edge of Reason reveals the fundamental chasm between conformity and individuality. As folly piles upon folly, hypocrisy upon hypocrisy, reason itself begins to give way, and the edge between reality and unreality disappears.

Paperback(published Jun, 06 2023)

ISBN
9780811222044
Price US
16.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
192

Ebook

ISBN
9780811226486
Portrait of Miroslav Krleža

Miroslav Krleža

Miroslav Krleža was a dominant Croatian and Yugoslav writer.

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.

Publishers Weekly

On the Edge of Reason is one of the great European novels of the first half of the twentieth century – and Krleža’s themes, his seriousness, his protest against the normality of delusion and cruelty, could hardly be more relevant to the century’s end.

Susan Sontag

A tale of refusal to match Herman Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener — though its nameless protagonist has more fun than Bartleby ever does.

Lily Meyer, NPR