I'M Not Stiller

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The unabridged version of a haunting story of a man in prison. His wife, brother, and mistress recognize him and call him by his name, Anatol Ludwig Stiller. But he rejects them, repeatedly insisting that he’s not Stiller. Could he possibly be right-or is he deliberately trying to shake off his old identity and assume a new one? Translated by Michael Bullock. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Overview

The unabridged version of a haunting story of a man in prison. His wife, brother, and mistress recognize him and call him by his name, Anatol Ludwig Stiller. But he rejects them, repeatedly insisting that he’s not Stiller. Could he possibly be right-or is he deliberately trying to shake off his old identity and assume a new one? Translated by Michael Bullock. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Editorial Reviews

Margo Jefferson
Mr. Frisch is not really a novelist of ideas; he's a dramatist of ideas. We live out our ideas through our daily lives, after all, and he grasps every nuance of those daily habits and compulsions. It is the tension between these details and the larger ambitions -- so grandly imagined, so absurdly lived out -- that makes the "I'm Not Stiller" work. -- New York Times
New York Times
It exudes postwar high seriousness: it cannot wait to show off its many layers of meaning. . . . Then comes the voice of Stiller himself: treacherous, evasive and compelling as an Edgar Allan Poe murderer or a Raymond Chandler detective. . . . When the curtain comes down one last time on the life of Anatol Ludwig Stiller, it is truly harrowing: it is a spiritual blackout.
New Statesman
A single consciousness contains multitudes: in fathoming it, Frisch evokes the complex reality of a dangerous and enthralling world.
Times Literary Supplement
Readers cannot but feel the force of what remains one of the most important novels of the post-war years.
Library Journal
Described by the publisher as "part Kafka, part Camus," this 1954 novel is the story of an imprisoned man who claims to be another. To prove that he is Jim White, and not Stiller, he provides details on three unsolved murders and his life on the outside.


—Michael Rogers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156849906
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/13/1994
  • Series: Harvest Book Series
  • Edition description: Harvest
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 1,023,076
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Max Frisch was born in Zurich, Switzerland before the First World War and was a soldier in the Second. In the interwar years, he traveled throughout Eastern and Central Europe as a journalist. After serving as a gunner on the Austrian and Italian borders, he followed in his father's footsteps and became an architect. These experiences helped forge the moral consciousness and the concern for human freedom that mark his writing. The author of I'm Not Stiller, Homo Faber, Man in the Holocene, Montauk, and Gantenbein, Frisch was one of Europe's most important postwar writers.

Michael Bullock taught for many years in the Creative Writing Department at the University of British Columbia. In addition to translating, he is a poet and fiction writer.
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