Fiction. Women's Studies. Translated from the German by Adrian Nathan West. THE WEIGHT OF THINGS is the first book, and the first translated book, and possibly the only translatable book by Austrian writer Marianne Fritz (1948-2007). For after winning acclaim with this novel—awarded the Robert Walser Prize in 1978—she embarked on a 10,000-page literary project called "The Fortress," creating over her lifetime elaborate colorful diagrams and typescripts so complicated that her publisher had to print them straight from her original documents. A project as brilliant as it is ambitious and as bizarre as it is brilliant, it earned her cult status, comparisons to James Joyce no less than Henry Darger, and admirers including Elfriede Jelinek and W. G. Sebald.
Yet in this, her first novel, we discover not an eccentric fluke of literary nature but rather a brilliant and masterful satirist, philosophically minded yet raging with anger and wit, who under the guise of a domestic horror story manages to expose the hypocrisy and deep abiding cruelties running parallel, over time, through the society and the individual minds of a century.
"Starts out simply and gently and then wades into resonant darkness. A tiny, shattering masterpiece."—Brian Evenson
"Not an easy read, but surely an important one."—Publishers Weekly
"A harrowing book about the horrors of motherhood, jealousy, and war trauma."—Kirkus
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About the Author
Marianne Fritz (1948-2007) was an Austrian novelist. Her first book, THE WEIGHT OF THINGS, marked the beginning of an ambitious cycle of novels with the overarching title of Festung, or "The Fortress," comprising Das Kind der Gewalt und die Sterne der Romani, Dessen Sprache du nicht verstehst, and the gargantuan Naturgemäß, the third volume of which she was preparing at the time of her death.
Translator Adrian Nathan West is the author of The Aesthetics of Degradation as well as the translator of numerous works of contemporary European literature. He lives between Spain and the United States with the cinema critic Beatriz Leal Riesco.