A literary masterpiece by one of Germany's most renowned contemporary writers.

Rome, one January afternoon in 1943. A young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. Innocent and naïve, the war is for her little more than a day-dream, until she realizes that her husband might never return.
This is a mesmerizing psychological portrait of the human need to safeguard innocence and integrity at any cost - even at the risk of excluding reality.


Why Peirene choose to publish this book:

'I was simply enthralled by the structure of this narrative; a single 117-page long sentence with a beautifully clear rhythm. At the same time it's a compelling and credible description of a "typical" young German woman during the Nazi era. If we can relate to her we come close to understanding the forces that were shaping an entire generation.' Meike Ziervogel


Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.

Female Voice Series
125pp, Paperback with Flaps, £10.00
Published September 2010
ISBN 978-0-9562840-0-6
eISBN 978-1-908670-01-4