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Sad Affair, a (1934) [Novel]
by Wolfgang Koeppen Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Set during the heady, pre-World War II days of cabaret-era Germany, the novel centers on the unrequited affair between Sibylle - a stunning seductress who strings along five men at a time - and Friedrich, the callow, melancholic youth who pursues her obsessively. In a series of episodic flashbacks, Koeppen, with a cinematic vividness and intensity that anticipate Beat literature by nearly twenty years, tracks the doomed couple first to Zurich and then to the mysterious streets of Venice. Friedrich is a vibrant comic creation, "an amok runner of love," energetic but inept, modest yet exorbitant - the epitome of a talented, striving young artist. Sibylle, glamorous and indifferent, remains as alluring a femme fatale as Salome.

Banned by the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual themes.

Original title: Eine unglückliche Liebe
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction

Edition #1: A Sad Affair

A Sad Affair (2003)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edition: English translation
Translated by: Michael Hofmann
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A Sad Affair (2003)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393057186
Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 x 0.7
Pages: 176

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