A Posthumous Confession (New York Review Books Classics)
Publish Date: 2011-02-22
Author: Marcellus Emants
Termeer, the narrator of A Posthumous Confession,is a twisted man and a troubled one. The emotionally stunted son of a cold, forbidding, and hypocritical father, Termeer has only succeeded in living up to his parents low expectations when, to his own and others astonishment, he finds himself wooing a beautiful and gifted womana woman whose love he wins. But instead of finding happiness in marriage, Termeer discovers it to be a new source of self-hatred, hatred that he turns upon his wife and child. And when he becomes caught up in an affair with a woman as demanding as his own self-loathing, he is driven to murder.
What is the self, and how does it evade or come to terms with itself? Whatcan make it go permanently, lethally wrong? Marcellus Emantss grueling and gripping novela late-nineteenth-century tour de force of psychological penetrationis a lacerating exposition of the logic of identity that looks backward to Dostoyevsky, forward to Simenon, and beyond to the confessional literature, whether fiction or fact, of our own day.