(From the publisher):
Annemarie Schwarzenbach—journalist, novelist, antifascist, archaeologist and traveller— has become a European cult figure for bohemian free spirits since the rediscovery of her works in the late 1980s. Lyric Novella
is her story of a young man’s obsession for a Berlin variété actress. Despite having his future career mapped out for him in the diplomatic service, the young man begins to question all his family values under Sibylle’s spell. His family, future and social standing become irrelevant when set against his overriding compulsion to pick her up every night from the theatre so they can go for a drive.
Schwarzenbach’s clear, psychologically acute prose makes this novella an evocative narrative, with many intriguing parallels to her own life. In fact, she admitted after publication that her hero was a young woman, not a man, leaving little doubt that Lyric Novella is a literary tale of lesbian love during socially and politically turbulent times.
Original title: Lyrische Novelle
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)