I was reading an interesting article in the New York Review of Books yesterday (because I am a very serious intellectual person) about two recently translated German novels.  One, by a writer named Jakob Wassermann, chronicles a particularly unhappy marriage.  Check out what the article’s author had to say about it:

“Unfolding in fin-de-siecle Austria, the book is socially and psychologically fascinating, a furious, baffled portrait of what has to be the worst marriage in the history of literature––yes, even worse than that one, the one you just thought of when you read that sentence.”

From the context, it’s slightly unclear if the writer is talking about Wassermann’s actual marriage or about the marriage of the fictional characters in the book, but I think it’s the latter.  In any case, I can think of numerous marriages that could compete for most miserable in either category.  So––which one do you think she was talking about?

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