Young Gerber

Young Gerber

By Friedrich Torberg

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A classic coming-of-age novel set in Vienna, where a young pupil clashes with his sadistic form teacher—with tragic consequences

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.

Translated by Anthea Bell
Cover illustration by Egon Schiele
314 pp
Published 06 September 2012
ISBN 9781906548896
Pushkin Collection