The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge by Stephen Mitchell
While his old furniture rots in storage, Malte Laurids Brigge lives in a cheap room in Paris, with little but a library reader's card to distinguish him from the city's untouchables. Every person he sees seems to carry their death with them, and he thinks of the deaths, and ghosts, of his aristocratic family, of which only he remains. The only novel by one of the greatest writers of poetry in German, the semi-autobiographical Notebooks is an uneasy, compelling and poetic book that anticipated Sartre and is full of passages of lyrical brilliance. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.
"An almost perfect equivalent for the original."
—The New York Review of Books
"An extraordinary...translation of one of the world's most beautiful books."