A novel as gentle as a ballad from a heavy metal band.
Love's fury is the theme of Franzobel's new novel. Translator Alexander Gansebohn, 34, has been married to Marie, the mother of his two daughters, for seven years but loves only Dunja, a former schoolmate whom he calls "the goddess of my heart". Their affair, however, does not remain a secret, and when Alexander once again comes home at dawn, Marie can no longer control her violent rage: she grabs her children and leaps from the bedroom window. Alexander immediately goes to see Dunja but she, too, is through with him.
Torn between utter despair and a manic desire to forget, Alexander begins a grotesque tour de force across Vienna. In the Wurstelprater amusement park he escapes an assassination, at the Christian Dior store he turns into a con man, and in the Royal Suite of the Bristol Hotel he stages a so-called "virgin roulette", before travelling to Jerusalem to become a terrorist. Yet it is not hatred he encounters there, but love.
A moving and passionate book about the reality of "great love", that questionable yet irreplaceable concept in Western thought.
"A glorious, amusing and sometimes anarchic story-teller." (Uwe Pralle, Frankfurter Rundschau)