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A Singular Man

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In a state of permanent tension and relieved moral paralysis, Jean-Marie Thély, an anguished bystander confined to the margins of polite society, has based the whole of his existence upon the idea that he is unlike others. He derives his singularity from his origins as an illegitimate child; bounced from one condescendingly charitable household to another only to be ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Marlboro Press (first published 1987)
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A man of low means and questionable background, narrator Jean falls in love with a woman from a wealthy family and suddenly finds himself navigating a social stratum much higher than his own. Among said family he feels out of place, inadequate, fraudulent. Things don’t go well for Jean—they never did and they probably never will. Like many of Robert Walser’s narrators Jean is a dreamer, a flâneur. He is content to float along without a steady job—or any job at all, ever. He is erratic in his dea
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