A Singular Man
by Emmanuel Bove
translated by Dominic di Bernardi
Northwestern University Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-910395-94-6 | Paper: 978-0-8101-6002-6
Library of Congress Classification PQ2603.O87M3813 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 843.912

In a state of permanent tension and relieved moral paralysis, Jean-Marie Thély, an anguished bystander confined to the margins of polite society, has based the whole of his existence upon the idea that he is unlike others. He derives his singularity from his origins as an illegitimate child; bounced from one condescendingly charitable household to another only to be rejected by the bourgeois families that raised him. Restricted to an ordinary education, barred from an officer's career, he is unable to do what he wants and eventually becomes trapped in a life of utter indecision.

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