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Josef Blau is a high school teacher who comes from a poor background, poorer than that of most of his pupils. The insecurity this causes him leads to an obsession with order and discipline. He senses his pupils watching him, waiting for the slightest weakness; the least infringement, he feels, will lead to the complete collapse of this tightly ordered world. The other focu ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 7th 2005 by Dedalus (first published 1927)
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Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Admiro profundamente el talento de Hermann Ungar y por ello lamento tener que empezar este comentario señalando lo mucho que me ha defraudado el final de esta novela. Desde el Job de Joseph Roth un final no me había malogrado tanto una lectura por lo demás maravillosa, quizás de lo mejor que escribió el autor.

Desconozco si esas dos o tres últimas páginas fueron una reacción a las duras críticas que recibió por todo lo monstruoso y aborrecible que se relataba en su anterior novela “Los mutilados”
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mitteleuropa
Incubi e deliri

Hermann Ungar è uno scrittore che lascia il segno (e che segno!). Dopo “I mutilati” sferra un’altra “asciata” di kafkiana memoria e manda in frantumi tutto quanto, ghiaccio e cuore insieme. Peccato che qui (ne “I mutilati” non fu così) il finale sia molto, troppo deludente: gli costa una stellina in meno, ma non la mia ammirazione, quella rimane immutata.

Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short but powerful story about a Czech teacher who is paranoid about his students.
Javier Avilés
Aquí tengo que meditar mucho sobre las intenciones de Ungar al presentarnos a este personaje tan paranoico y contradictorio. Un profesor que ve a sus alumnos como enemigos y a sus colegas como rivales. Tengo la intuición de que hay algo que se me escapa en esta novela, algo, quizás en clave social de su época, que no alcanzo a descifrar.
De todas formas la extrañeza y la congoja que provoca su lectura hacen que sea una novela recomendable, aunque en cierto modo decepcionante.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it liked it
While reading this book, I was vacillating between three and five points. After finishing it, I would give it 3.5 points if I could. Josef Blau is one of the most sympathetic characters you might come across: neurotic, misanthropic and probably a bit insane. Hermann Ungar is from Kafka's Prague circle. So, why the hell ruin the book with this optimistic ending? ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela muy bien escrita. Con el tratamiento genial y esperado en Ungar. Sin embargo, el último capítulo desentona con el resto de la historia. Me quedo con los primeros XIV capítulos. Superiores incluso a Los mutilados.
Anders Anders
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Paranoia til man finder ro og afklaring. Det stiger fantastisk og tager alt med sig i faldet!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josef Blau is a young Czech teacher married to Selma; they are expecting a baby. Josef appears to be paranoid that his pupils are out to get him; he seems to feel he is inferior and perhaps remembers his childhood with his old friend Modlizki. Bobek are looking to borrow from Josef and marry the mother-in-law who shares the house.

This is a dark, underlyingly sinister tale. It reminded me of a bit of The Tenant by Topor, or a tale from Les Diaboliques by Aurevilly with a hint of the Outsider by C
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dobrý kačer. Pepa Blau je učitel na začátku 20. století, kdy se ještě fackovalo rákoskou přes ksicht za nenaučený vyjmenovaný slova. Nikdo neměl instagram ani tiktok, holky chodili do třídy s holcíma a kluci s klucíma a bejt učitel ještě budilo respekt.

Josef se ale svoji třídy bojí. Myslí si, že se proti němu 15ti letý chlapci chystají vzbouřit a tak Ungar jede psychologické drama o několika stranách, kdy se dobro a zlo prolíná a točí jak třešně na automatech.

Nakonec to všechno dobře nedopadne.
Isabel Rouw
ifølge efterordet burde den her bog følge 1920'ernes (og måske især Thomas Manns) tyske romanideal bedre end De Lemlæstede, fordi der f.eks. er mindre seksualangst og modbydelighed. men jeg må altså sige, at jeg bedre kunne lide seksualangsten og de vamle beskrivelser af klamme kroppe o.a., end jeg kunne lide den her. måske hvis jeg ikke havde læst De Lemlæstede først, så havde jeg bedre kunnet lide Klassen. men nu var det lidt anti-klimatisk. måske fordi seksualangsten manglede. hehe. ...more
Stephen Douglas Rowland
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
So close. So close to being a masterpiece, so close to surpassing Ungar's other novel (the unforgettable and masterly "The Maimed"), but unfortunately marred by a weak, improbable, and banal ending. Still surely worth reading, a psychological powerhouse up until the last few pages. ...more
Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
A catastrophic disappointment. This book had me at five stars for the first 100 pages or so, enchanted by its paranoid protagonist and humor. Then it began to drag a bit, so down to four stars. But then, what? An utterly unexpected and awful ending. Beelzebub.
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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. ...more

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