Paperback - 2008
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Someone is watching over Sofie Kurtz. At times, from a great distance. At others, her mysterious guardian comes much too close. But as she evolves, from teenage war orphan, to political activist, to militant dissident Sofie is only vaguely aware of her benefactor's hand in the events that compose her life story. There are inexplicable coincidences and strange encounters, obscure facts that make her question the degree of control she has over life and lead to a lingering paranoia that becomes devastating. A reclusive millionaire name Alexander von Br#65533;cken invites an unnamed author to his mansion. If he accepts the invitation he must be willing to listen carefully to Von Br#65533;cken's story, then leave without ceremony and record it in writing. The author will be paid a small fortune for his efforts and, with a story such as his to tell, literary fame is guaranteed. The magnate's only stipulation is that the book not be published until after his death. His is a story of the arrogance of limitless power, of the apparent ineluctability of the status quo, and of a ruinous, sovereign obsession with a young girl he chanced to meet during the war - a young girl named Sofie Kurtz. Helmut Krausser is one of Germany's most daring contemporary writers. In this engrossing novel he traces the period from Nazi Germany to the fall of the Berlin Wall in a modern allegory of power and powerlessness. The clash of truth and fiction and the unholy chemistry of fanaticism and erotic obsession vivify a seductive narrative about the dangerous games that Eros plays with us. Praise for Eros 'History and smart narrative art in one book - one cannot ask for much more.' Financial Times (Germany) 'Helmut Krausser has succeeded in writing the great German epochal novel.' Focus 'Krausser takes the age-old motif of love unrequited until death a step further- this is a novel that already reads like a classic.' Playboy (Germany) 'An incredibly suspenseful and stylish novel. ' Die Presse 'Helmut Krausser's books demonstrate just how far literature can be pushed.' S#65533;ddeutsche Zeitung 'A book about the thin line that separates love, passion, and madness, about the anatomy of obsession and, almost in passing, about the twentieth century's major catastrophes . Eros is Krausser's most intense and most elegant book, and his most poetic. This really is a great novel.' Daniel Kehlmann, author of Measuring the World
Published: New York : Europa ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008.
ISBN: 9781933372587
Branch Call Number: F KRA
Characteristics: 340 p. ;,21 cm.


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