VIRTUAL - August Summer of Indies Book Club

Thursday, August 25, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join Brazos as we celebrate our Summer of Indies with a monthly book club! This month we’ll be reading The Shadow of the Coachman's Body by Peter Weiss from New Directions.

This event will be hosted via Zoom. Click here to register.

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New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914–1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. “I asked Ezra Pound for ‘career advice,’” James Laughlin recalled. “He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do ‘something’ useful.”


The Shadow of the Coachman's Body By Peter Weiss, Rosmarie Waldrop (Translated by) Cover Image
By Peter Weiss, Rosmarie Waldrop (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811231619
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Published: New Directions - April 26th, 2022

A meticulously observed and macabre tale of hell on earth from the revolutionary German author of the famous play Marat/Sade

Peter Weiss’s first prose work, The Shadow of the Coachman’s Body, was unanimously praised as an original and perfect work of art by critics when it appeared in 1960. Here, in poet Rosmarie Waldrop’s stunning translation, Weiss arranges a dark, vividly alive comedy of inert objects in a dismal boarding house—stones, buttons, hooks, needles, chairs, newspapers in an outhouse, clinking tin cups, celestial orbs, sewing machines, an overwound windup music box—which have oblique characters’ shadows as their supporting cast. Described by Weiss as a “micro-novel,” The Shadow of the Coachman’s Body can be obscene, trivial and brutal, and yet it is also peculiarly intimate and offers endless possibilities—like a telescope and kaleidoscope rolled into one.