A Posthumous Confession
by Marcellus Emants (9781590173473)

A Posthumous Confession
 
Marcellus Emants
Release Date: 24 August 2010
Format: Paperback
Pages: 193
Category: Literary
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590173473
ISBN-10: 1590173473



"A Posthumous Confession "is narrated by Termeer, a deeply frustrated man who persuades himself that only in murder can he find ultimate satisfaction. Emotionally stunted, thanks to his upbringing by forbidding and condemning parents--they never miss a chance to remind him that he is a worthless mediocrity--Termeer is rapidly living up to their low expectations when, to his own and others' astonishment, he successfully woos a beautiful and gifted woman. But instead of finding happiness in his marriage, he discovers it to be a new source of self-hatred, hatred that he directs at his innocent wife and child. And when he becomes caught up in an affair with a woman as demanding as his own self-loathing, Termeer murders his wife.
What is the self? What makes it go permanently, murderously wrong? Marcellus Emants's lacerating exploration of this age-old tragic question looks backward to Dostoyevsky and forward to Simenon, and beyond that to the memoirs of our own day.

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