Martin Walser: Jenseits der Liebe [Beyond all Love]

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Martin Walser’s short novel Jenseits der Liebe [Beyond All Love, 1976] deserves recognition as an important text in the author’s literary development, because it links thematic elements from his early period with a more succinct style, typical of his successful creative phase beginning with the novella Ein fliehendes Pferd [Runaway Horse, 1978]. Walser’s text can be regarded as an effective attempt at presenting the effects of West German corporate reality on the individual psyche in a new, concise idiom reminiscent of the Kafkaesque style of his early short stories. At the time of the text’s appearance in 1976 critics failed to appreciate …

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Mathäs, Alexander. "Jenseits der Liebe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2009
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