(From the publisher):
As she sees herself, Magdalena is an ordinary person forced to take extreme measures. Ever since she was a little girl, she has asked to be listened to, but to no avail. "I've never wanted anything but love," she says, yet each attempt to get it fails. A woman whose unbridled desire for love is matched only by her need for absolution, Magdalena, disguised in a nun's habit, kidnaps a priest at gunpoint in the middle of Sunday mass. After loading him into the sidecar of her ancient Puch motorcycle, Magdalena takes the priest on a picaresque journey from the brink of insanity to forbidden seduction and back again. Bound and gagged, the priest silently walks a psychological tightrope of repulsion, arousal, and fear as he listens to Magdalena confess her reckless past and her relentless search for one true, eternal love as she traveled across Europe like a nomad, from Austria to Italy, Paris, London, and Germany. But as each of the seven lovers she took—including a wildly passionate Spanish dancer who would use a metronome to help keep his rhythm in bed, a Ukrainian who played mental chess games at the grave site of a former grand master, and a jealous, twice-married Austrian swimmer with extraordinary stamina—failed to satisfy her, Magdalena was driven to react in stunning ways. And as she unveils to the priest the dark truth behind each of her blundering attempts at love, he is forced to hear the passionate confessions of this astonishingly beguiling woman who is in desperate need of divine forgiveness—yet at heart totally unrepentant. The result is a smoldering erotic game of cat and mouse, a tautly woven psychological tale of seduction, rebellion, and redemption.
Original title: Magdalena Sünderin
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction