The second in Broch's masterly trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, The Anarchist follows the destiny of August Esch, who faces an uncertain future after he is wrongfully dismissed from his job as a book-keeper. He is drawn into promoting a bizarre female wrestling act and becomes enmeshed in the attempt to avenge Martin, a political activist, imprisoned by the authorities; but his personal battle is with his own lust, which he seeks to channel into marriage with Frau Hentjen. With its range of characters and examination of the disintegration of social values, The Anarchist is a brilliant depiction of German society as it approached the First World War.
'In this new way of seeing man... Broch in The Sleepwalkers prefigures... the future possibilities of the novel.'
- Publication Date:
- 02 / 10 / 2000
- 129 x 198mm