Love, war and betrayal: in her new novel, Evelyn Schlag unfolds a confusion of emotions amid chaos, fear and terror.
Jonathan is a doctor and works in a hospital in Sana’a, which is reserved for government officials and foreigners. But even here, sometimes catastrophic conditions reign and there is no telling who is trustworthy. And even in his private life, the well-travelled doctor also finds himself in a conflict between loyalty and lies in Yemen’s capital city, which is devastated by war and terrorism. Delphine, his girlfriend, is far away from Jonathan and his disturbing everyday life. He meets a former lover, is attracted to a colleague’s wife and eventually falls in love with a young woman who works for the NGO.
Evelyn Schlag sophisticatedly interweaves political and personal uncertainties, existential questions and the current political background. This is a terrific novel about betrayal and passion.