The Watcher and Other Stories


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In "The Watcher, " a member of the Communist Party is assigned to a polling place in Turin's Hospital for Incurables, where he observes the rejects of humanity and a grotesque parody of the democratic process. "Smog" anticipates a preoccupation with pollution so lunatic that it casts a pall even over the hero's affair with a beautiful woman. "The Argentine Ant" is a piece of sustained horror with farcical undertones, illustrating man's defeat before an enemy too small to be overcome.

The Watcher and Other Stories 1975, Mariner Books, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780156949521

Trade paperback

The Watcher and Other Stories 1975, Harvest Books

ISBN-13: 9780544313217


The watcher & other stories. 1971, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, New York

ISBN-13: 9780151948802