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Scarred Hearts

(1937)
A novel by

 
 
Emmanuel, a young man with spinal tuberculosis and confined to a sanatorium outside Paris, narrates his and his fellow patients' attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly atrophy and die. Blending dark humor and pathos, Scarred Hearts was hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romanian in 1939, and was more recently compared to Thomas Mann's Magic Mountain and the fiction of Franz Kafka.

Like Emmanuel, Max Blecher suffered from tuberculosis of the spine, and spent the last year of his life in a full body cast and wheelchair, before dying at age twenty-nine with two novels completed.

    

Used availability for Max Blecher's Scarred Hearts

Hardback Editions

August 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Scarred Hearts
Author(s): Max Blecher
ISBN: 1-905847-18-1 / 978-1-905847-18-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street
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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Scarred Hearts
Author(s): Max Blecher
ISBN: 1-905847-87-4 / 978-1-905847-87-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Old Street Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA