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Book Cover of the Week: Young Gerber

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 | Permalink

Posted by Naomi Firestone-Teeter

Friedrich Torberg was born in Vienna in 1908 to a Jewish family, but was forced to emigrate to France in 1938 due to Nazi persecution. From there he moved to America and then ultimately back to Vienna in 1951, where he died in 1979. Written in 1930, Torberg's Young Gerber was a response to a recent wave of schoolboy suicides and tells the story of a schoolboy driven to madness by his bullying teacher. In November, Pushkin Press will publish Anthea Bell's translation of Torberg's novel with this beautiful cover: