The Whole Truth

The Whole Truth

Norbert Gstrein

If you love someone, you want to possess them completely. But can you really make someone your personal property beyond the grave? Can a woman claim to know the whole truth about her husband – after all, doesn’t the truth always lie buried somewhere between reality and fiction?

Nowhere else is the world as small as it is in Vienna. Everyone talks about everyone else, and they all write about each other. Nowhere else in the world could a publisher like Heinrich Glück survive: he never got far beyond four experimental women poets and a female Catholic mystic with esoteric leanings. But then he meets Dagmar, an eccentric young woman hellbent on giving his life a different meaning. He gets a divorce so he can spend his final years with her, but she takes possession of him to the exclusion of all else. When he dies, she sets out to make him hers once and for all by writing a book about his
death. But as a result of this, the precarious balance crumbles: the editor who worked with Heinrich for many years refuses point-blank to publish her book.

Instead, he decides to oppose Dagmar’s version of reality with his own. In a brilliant, tonguein-cheek game of deception, Norbert Gstrein portrays a woman who only wants to believe one truth: her own. In the process, he poses the crucial question: what, in fact, is the whole truth about a person? In the end, it all comes down to power.

The Whole Truth

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