Young Gerber by Friedrich Torberg

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And the final chapter, which details the final examination, brings back long-suppressed sensations of clammy palms and palpitations.
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Kurt Gerber embarks hopefully on his last year at school, leading to the all- important exam, but finds that he is constantly at odds with the sadistic class teacher Professor Kupfer, known to his students as "Lord God Kupfer", who particularly dislikes him. Inspired partly by its author's own experience of his final school-leaving examination, which he passed only at the second attempt, and partly by the suicides of no less than ten school students in a single week in the winter of 1929, Young Gerber is a timeless tale of classroom angst, and an undisputed classic of Austrian literature.
 

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Friedrich Torberg was born in Vienna in 1908 to a Jewish family. He worked as a critic and journalist in Vienna and Prague, until 1938 when he was forced to emigrate to France as a result of Nazi persecution. Moving to America, Torberg was nominated by New York PEN-Club one of the ten outstanding German Anti-Nazi writers. He worked as a Hollywood scriptwriter and wrote films such as 'Voice in the Wind.' He also wrote for Time magazine until 1951, when he returned to Vienna where he died in 1979. Torberg is known best for his satirical writings in fiction and nonfiction, as well as his translations into German of the stories of Ephraim Kishon, which remain the standard German language version of Kishon's work. Anthea Bell is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz, and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.
 
Published April 9, 2013 by Pushkin Collection. 314 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Alfred Hickling on Oct 16 2012

And the final chapter, which details the final examination, brings back long-suppressed sensations of clammy palms and palpitations.

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