The refined ladies and gentlemen of Berne are piqued when they hear that Count Bondeli has succumbed to his daughter's wishes, allowing her to be tutored in mathematics and astronomy. But even as a child Julie has displayed an unquenchable curiosity and an indomitable sense of justice. This helps her survive the shock of seeing her teacher and mentor Samuel Henzi publicly executed by the corrupt Berne municipality. Julie makes his vision – democracy and greater freedom – her own. She corresponds with writers of the Enlightenment and engages in a dispute over moral principles and the state with Albrecht von Haller. Her literary salon becomes a celebrated meeting place for progressive thinkers and educated minds. Sensitively and powerfully, Eveline Hasler recalls the courage of this intriguing woman.
An erotic charm radiates from Eveline Hasler's books, an intangible allure created by her quiet, yearning narrative tone and a sensual perspective that is alert to scents, colours, sounds. Deutschlandfunk