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A short, brilliantly evocative novel set in the bleak eastern European borderlands before the First World War.

'Every man had not only a weak spot but also a criminal one'

Translated by David Le Vay

At his wife's insistence, upstanding citizen and artillery officer Anselm Eibenschütz leaves his beloved Austro-Hungarian army and takes up a civilian post, as Inspector of Weights and Measures in a remote backwater near the Russian border. At first he does everything by the book, but gradually he finds himself adrift in a world of petty corruption, bribery and drunkenness - and undone by his passion for the beautiful gypsy Euphemia. A haunting evocation of Eastern Europe's borderlands in the early twentieth century, Weights and Measures is also the story of the disintegration of a good man.

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  • Paperback

    9780241307441

    December 27, 2017

    Penguin Classics

    128 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9780241307458

    October 5, 2017

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