Life Sentence

Life Sentence

Britta Mühlbauer

Dr Inga Götth finds out that her husband is having an affair; what's more, it has been going on for some time. To help get over the initial shock, she takes herself off to a nearby health resort. As fate would have it, that very day the thermal baths and adjacent hotel are destroyed by a landslide. Along with everyone else caught up in this crisis, Inga finds herself stuck in a sort of twilight-zone with no means of escape. What is there to do? The available personal trainers, life-style gurus and anti-ageing experts recommend plenty of exercise and a nutritional diet. So they all train hard, go on mountain treks and munch muesli like there's no tomorrow – but their weight and cholesterol levels remain unchanged. Each morning everything is exactly the same as the day before. When one of the nutritionists points out that they're getting nowhere, he is confronted with unmitigated hatred. Inga is the only one who sees that he seems to have a firmer grip on reality than all the rest…

With its refreshing carefree spirit, Britta Mühlbauer's debut novel elevates the "medical romance" to literary status, giving us a caustic satire on the modern obsession with health and youthfulness, as well as a melancholy love story with an uncertain ending.

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