The False Mistress

The False Mistress

Margrit Schriber

Dressed in rags and unable to speak French, the 18-year-old orphan Anna Maria Inderbitzin knocks at the door of a rich aristocratic family in France – and after a meticulous virtuoso performance is accepted as the stray daughter of a distinguished family. Cared for and introduced into the highest circles, the ambitious young woman wants more – the court of Versailles itself, centre of the 18th century world. Shortly before she reaches it, she is exposed, brought to Schwyz and sentenced to death. But then a young German tanner arrives, saving her from the gallows by marriage, as provided for in an old statute. The protocols of Anna’s trial are a sensational discovery, which Margrit Schriber has turned into a wonderful novel about an unconventional young rebel.

"Margit Schriber writes with beautiful precision, as if thinking with the senses." Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Margrit Schriber creates a tableau that is, despite all misery, beautiful, just as all tragic stories, if written well, are beautiful." Ruth Klüger, Die Welt

The False Mistress

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