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A Posthumous Confession

A Posthumous Confession

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Written by Marcellus EmantsAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Marcellus Emants
Translated by J.M. CoetzeeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by J.M. Coetzee
Introduction by J.M. CoetzeeAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by J.M. Coetzee

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
  • Publisher: NYRB Classics
  • On Sale: February 22, 2011
  • Price: $14.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-59017-347-3 (1-59017-347-3)
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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’ 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.

“Since the time of Rousseau we have seen the growth of the genre of the confessional novel, of which A Posthumous Confession is a singularly pure example. Termer [the narrator], claiming to be unable to keep his dreadful secret, records his confession and leaves it behind as a monument to himself, thereby turning a worthless life into art.” -J. M. Coetzee