|Rain (1999) [Novel]|
by Karen Duve
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(From the publisher):
When Leon Ulbricht lands a contract to write a gangster's memoirs and moves into his dream home in a small East German village with his beautiful wife Martina, everything seems set for an idyllic existence. But the dream home turns out to be in the middle of a fetid marsh, his house and his marriage is falling apart, he can't write the book he needs to write, and before he knows it, he's spent the last penny of his advance. On top of it all, it rains without end, and Leon and Martina's attempts to repair the house, or at least dry it out, are hampered by the plague of slugs and snails eating away at the garden and the foundations. Just when it looks as though things couldn't possibly get any worse, the gangster, wondering why his memoirs still have not been completed, decides to get nasty. A darkly comic tale of a marriage and its undoing, Rain takes us to that terrifying place where everything that can possibly go wrong does.
Original title: Regenroman
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction