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.