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

Fiction by Miroslav Krleža

Translated by Zora Depolo

During his long and distinguished career, the Croatian writer Miroslav Krleza (1893-1981) battled against many forms of tyranny. In On the Edge of Reason, his protagonist is a middle-aged lawyer whose life and career have been eminently respectable and respected. One evening, at a party attended by the local elite, he inadvertently blurts out an honest thought. From this moment, all hell breaks loose…. On the Edge of Reason reveals the fundamental chasm between conformity and individuality. As folly piles on folly, hypocrisy on hypocrisy, reason itself begins to give way, and the edge between reality and unreality disappears.

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Paperback (published November 1, 1996)

ISBN
9780811213066
Price US
17.95
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
192

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