(From the publisher):
Josef Blau is a high school teacher who comes from a poor background, poorer than that of most of his pupils. The insecurity this causes him leads to an obsession with order and discipline. He senses his pupils watching him, waiting for the slightest weakness; the least infringement, he feels, will lead to the complete collapse of his tightly ordered world. The other focus of his obsession is his attractive wife. Despite all the evidence and her assurances, he cannot believe she will be faithful to him. He forces her to shave her hair and wear clothes that are no more than shapeless sacks, yet still cannot conquer his fears. Catastrophe is looming and, once the first breach is made, inevitable.'We are all schoolchildren,' Blau says, 'in one great class...'
Original title: Die Klasse
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction