The Sleepwalkers by Hermann Broch
With his epic trilogy, The Sleepwalkers, Hermann Broch established himself as one of the great innovators of modern literature, a visionary writer-philosopher the equal of James Joyce, Thomas Mann, or Robert Musil. Even as he grounded his narratives in the intimate daily life of Germany, Broch was identifying the oceanic changes that would shortly sweep that life into the abyss. Whether he is writing about a neurotic army officer (The Romantic), a disgruntled bookkeeper and would-be assassin (The Anarchist), or an opportunistic war-deserter (The Relaist), Broch immerses himself in the twists of his characters' psyches, and at the same time soars above them, to produce a prophetic portrait of a world tormented by its loss of faith, morals, and reason.
The 459th greatest fiction book of all time
This book is on the following lists:
- - 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
- - 19th on The 100 Greatest Novels (greatbooksguide.com)
- - 81st on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)