At the Window

At the Window

Luc Bondy

Following a stay at a sanatorium, Donatey returns to his flat in Zurich with an iron rod in his back to stabilize his spine. He is in constant agony – not just from the pole in his back, but also because of his anxiety that Seraphine, his much-younger lover, will leave him. He drinks coffee, smokes, looks out the window and looks back on his life: on the decades he spent working as the assistant to a famous theatre director; on his grandparents, German Jews, who only managed to get out of the country at the last moment; on his mother, Matild, who refused to talk about their escape to her dying day; and on friends like sculptor Ingo Licht, who was known for his exquisitely delicate objects, or Piotr, the Paris-based lawyer who made a dramatic turnaround from staunch Trotzkyist to out-andout reactionary.

Luc Bondy has written a delightful tale which is a sensual pleasure to read. It oscillates skilfully between the present and the various events and layers of the past, but the author leaves us in no doubt as to which he prefers.

Foreign Sales

France (Bourgois), Romania (Humanitas)

At the Window

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