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Youth Without God

Horváth, Ödön von

(Book - 2012)
Youth Without God
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Written in exile while in flight from the Nazis, this dark, bizarre evocation of everyday life under fascism is available for the first time in thirty years. nbsp; This last book by Ödön von Horváth, one of the 20th-century's great but forgotten writers, is a dark fable about guilt, fate, and the individual conscience. An unnamed narrator in an unnamed country is a schoolteacher with "a safe job with a pension at the end of it." But, when he reprimands a student for a racist comment, he is accused of "sabotage of the Fatherland," and his students revolt. A murder follows, and the teacher must face his role in it, even if it costs him everything. nbsp; Horváth's book both points to its immediate context--the brutalizing conformity of a totalitarian state, the emptiness of faith in the time of the National Socialists--and beyond, to the struggles of individuals everywhere against societies that offer material security in exchange for the abandonment of one's convictions. Reminiscent of Camus'nbsp; The Stranger nbsp;in its themes and its style,nbsp; Youth Without God nbsp;portrays a world of individual ruthlessness and collective numbness to the appeals of faith or morality. nbsp; And yet, a commitment to the truth lifts the teacher and a small band of like-minded students out of this deepening abyss. It's a reminder that such commitment did exist in those troubled times--indeed, they're what led the author to flee Germany, first for Austria, and then France, where he met his death in a tragic accident, just two years after the publication ofnbsp; Youth Without God . Long out of print, this new edition resurrects a bracing and still-disturbing vision.nbsp; "Horváth was telling the truth. Furiously." --Shalom Auslander

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Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Melville House, c2012
ISBN: 1612191193
9781612191195
Branch Call Number: FICTION HORVATH 2012
Characteristics: 165 p. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: Thomas, R. Wills

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