Between nine and nine

Between nine and nine

Leo Perutz

An insane nightmare, a crazy day: in Leo Perutz’s novel, the fugitive student Stanislaus Demba is sent hurtling through Vienna.

One evening, Stanislaus Demba learns that his beloved Sonja intends to leave him for another man. Demba, who is completely penniless, thinks that the only way he can dissuade Sonja is by taking her away on a journey. To raise money for their travels, he tries to sell valuable books from the university library. But his plan is foiled and he is taken into custody by the police – only to escape by a daring leap. Handcuffed, he races through Royal Imperial Vienna, being mistaken for a drug addict, a war cripple and an armed criminal. But ultimately, it looks like he will force his luck at the card table.

Love, jealousy, money and an escape in shackles – with these superficially trivial elements, Leo Perutz constructs a tremendously clever novel, set in 1917, that was to influence the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Eric Ambler and others.

»Leo Perutz is the greatest magical realist of the German language, a true master of mystery.« – Daniel Kehlmann

"I can only say that I admire your style, your language and your art in its finest detail.” - Ian Fleming in a letter to Perutz

Foreign Sales

France (Bourgois), Italy (Adelphi) USA (Ariadne Press)

Between nine and nine

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