To this day, research has not solved the mystery that is Shakespeare. In this fascinating novel, Armin Senser, who has made a name for himself with his poetry, sketches a portrait of the man whose plays tell us all there is to know about him.
We know nothing of his youth; we do not know when he moved to London, nor why he left his wife and children behind in Stratford. We do not know whether the mysterious dark lady who features in his sonnets existed or not, nor what happened between her, Shakespeare and the handsome young man who is also mentioned in them. And we have no idea why he returned to Stratford as an old man after the Globe Theatre went up in flames. In fact, research cannot even prove conclusively if Shakespeare actually existed. But whoever reads Shakespeare knows for certain that the man who wrote this incredible body of work that is bursting with life and so rich in insight into human nature must surely have existed.
In this unique novel, rather than destroying the mystery with a banal biography, Armin Senser gets to grips with the mysterious poet through poetry itself. In precise, rhythmic verses he shapes a possible portrait of a man who became the basis of all literature. "Armin Senser's poems are polished protocols of metaphysical journeys and encounters that cut right to the chase." Die Zeit