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In [the] minor arena of sexual horror, Ungar is unsurpassable.
The Chicago Review

Boys & Murderers is the first complete collection of novellas and stories in English from Hermann Ungar, author of the highly-acclaimed novel The Maimed. A writer of unique talent whose life was prematurely ended by illness, he was much admired by Thomas Mann, who prefaces this volume, an
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Paperback, 251 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by Twisted Spoon Press (first published 1920)
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Lukáš Palán
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Heřman, po Kafkovi druhé nejlepší český spisovatel, to zase dokázal. Teda tentokrát je to tak za 9/10, ale nebojím se to trochu nastřelit a to i přesto, že nemám bouchačku. hihi.

Kluci a vrazi jsou sbírkou dvou novel a nějakých segmentů a povídek, které Heřman stihl napsat předtím, než mu praskl Stevie Wonder - tedy slepák. Škoda. Kdyby totiž Heřman v 36 neodešel do nebe za Ivetou Bartošovou, slyšeli bychom teď o něm stejně často jako o Kafkovi a na to sázím boty. A ty rozhodně nechcete vyhrát.

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Malcolm
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Herman Ungar’s short writing life produced some astounding fiction (at least on the basis of the small amount available in English), most of which is bleak with socially inept characters many of us would be unlikely to want to spend much time with. He straddles high modernism with an ability to develop characters for whom psychoanalysis seems to have been developed and with more than a hint of the surreal in places. This collection of short fiction – originally two collections and a series of pi ...more
Henry Martin
Sep 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hermann Ungar is one of those writers you never hear about. I only learned of his existence through an author friend of mine who sent me his book. Since then, I've read it a couple of times, and I was never disappointed.

Boys & Murderers is not a novel, but rather a short story collection with a few varying themes, only two of which are boys (think immature decisions) and murderers (think the desire to inflict bodily harm).

The book itself is split into two sections; Boys & Murderers, an
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Colin N.
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
What demented tales are these! In this collection of short fiction Ungar describes cases of murder, suicide, and suffering. But these tales are not merely lurid, instead they focus on the profound psychological torment of the protagonists, and often the childhood trauma that produces these men. Ungar's writing is simple, yet effective in relaying the thoughts of these twisted people. His writing does not condemn or judge them but instead sets out how they view the world and how these views resul ...more
M.R. Dowsing
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ungar's protagonists inhabit a similar world to those of Kafka, Joseph Roth and Thomas Mann. However, I've seldom come across stories quite as misanthropic as these which nevertheless provoke the kind of sympathy we feel for Ungar's often appallingly twisted heroes. For Ungar, aspirations are just a cruel joke which people play on themselves, and they would all be better off if they had never left their hometown and gone to seek their fortune. A unique, surprising, undiluted vision which is also ...more
Cooper Renner
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stories and novellas by the Austrian writer who died in 1929 at age 36. A window into life in the late years of the Austrian Empire and just after. Sometimes grim, especially in comparison with American work of the same period. Well-done.
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Hermann Ungar was a Bohemian writer (in the German language) and an officer in Czechoslovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His novels were influenced by expressionism and psychoanalysis. He was praised by Thomas Mann as a great writer.
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