Exhilaratingly strange, compelling, and original.

A meticulously observed and macabre tale of hell on earth from the revolutionary German author of the famous play Marat/Sade

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The Shadow of the Coachman's Body

Fiction by Peter Weiss

Translated by Rosmarie Waldrop

From the revolutionary author of Marat/Sade, a meticulously observed and macabre novel of hell on earth. The Shadow of the Coachman’s Body was unanimously praised as an original work of art by critics when it first appeared in 1960. Here, in poet Rosmarie Waldrop’s pitch-perfect translation, Weiss presents a vividly alive black comedy of inert objects—stones, buttons, needles, tin cups, celestial orbs, an overwound music box—with a supporting cast of the oblique residents of a dismal boarding house.

Described by Weiss as a “micro-novel,” his first prose work can be obscene, trivial and brutal, and yet it is also peculiarly intimate with endless possibilities—a telescope and kaleidoscope rolled into one.

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Exhilaratingly strange, compelling, and original.
Peter Weiss has achieved international celebrity through his plays and dramatic documentaries. But in the long run, his earlier prose writings will be recognized as his finest work.
—George Steiner