Set against the strikingly beautiful backdrop of the Vosges mountains, Lenz tells the tale of the real-life writer J.M.R. Lenzs nineteen-day stay in Waldersbach in 1778, describing his wanderings around the mountainous surroundings and his worsening fits of madness, eventually culminating in his removal, under guard, to Strasbourg.
Valued both as a chillingly convincing exploration of the reality of paranoid schizophrenia and an influential foreunner of literary modernism, this existential drama boasts a prose style startlingly ahead of its time and is a truly original work of literature.
'A study of schizophrenia whose style anticipates Bernhard and Beckett.' The Guardian
'A harbinger of European modernism.' The New Yorker
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