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Theodor Fontane (1819-1898) was a great historical novelist, critic, poet, and travel writer of nineteenth-century Germany Phillip Lopate is the author of the essay collections Against Joie de Vivre, Bachelorhood, Being with Children, Portrait of My Body, and Totally, Tenderly, Tragically, and of the novels The Rug Merchant and Confessions of a Summer. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Douglas Parmee (1914-2008) translated works by Flaubert, Zola, Baudelaire, and Chamfort, among others, including the NYRB Classics titles The Child by Jules Valle's and Afloat by Guy de Maupassant.

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"[Irretrievable is] one of Fontane's most idiosyncratic achievements, and certainly one of the finest literary autopsies of a foundering relationship.... The pleasure of the novel lies in its subtlety--in this case, a discreet exploration of marital psychology. Here again, trouble starts within and, like a dry rot, eats its way outward....But even after the couple ostensibly reconcile, there's really nothing left; by the end of this mild yet anguished work, all that remains of the marriage is a lifeless residue of thwarted yearning--'nothing but the willingness to be happy.' As so often in the fiction of Theodor Fontane, that's not enough to save the characters, but it's a marvellous subject for a novel." - Daniel Mendelsohn, The New Yorker "A minor masterpiece of translation. . . " --The Times Literary Supplement "No writer of past or present stirs in me that kind of sympathy and gratitude, that immediate, instinctive delight, that reflex gaiety, warmth, and satisfaction, which I feel reading any of Fontane's verse, any line of his letters, any scrap of dialogue."
--Thomas Mann

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