While Iris cooks for the rich and the beautiful, Robert, her husband, enters a downward spiral that soon expels him into the so-called lower classes. A highly topical novel abou
Iris has made it. Her catering service delivers culinary creations to the town's high society. But while the stars of politics, finance and the arts eat out of her hand, her husband Robert increasingly loses his footing. During a party, she receives news of his death, and soon begins to investigate the circumstances. She finds out that Robert had been leading
a double life: after an absurd conflict with a colleague he lost his job as a university assistant – and never told Iris about it. Instead, he aimlessly roamed the streets, drifting toward the fringes of society and the edge of town, finally attaching himself to a sect-like group with its own, violent aura.
In his long-awaited new novel, Austrian writer Peter Truschner introduces a couple living in worlds that could not be farther apart. From the perspectives of both protagonists, we experience estrangement and intimacy in extreme and highly unsettling forms.
"Here is someone who can really write and risks everything in the process…" (Eva Menasse, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)