"The Sleepwalkers" is a trilogy that explores the psychological transformation and moral decay of German society between 1888 and 1918. The narrative follows three main characters: Joachim von Pasenow, a romantic military officer; August Esch, a pragmatic bookkeeper; and Claus von Pasenow, an intellectual and World War I soldier. The book uses these characters to depict the shift from a stable, traditional society to a modern, aimless one, examining the individual's struggle with societal change and the disintegration of values.
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- 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)
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