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Format 110x190 Hardcover
EUR 17,90 / sFr 30,70
ISBN ebook: 9783701743827
published in September 2007
The story of two women who are driven into a desperate and fatally suffocating embrace by society.
For the people of a remote village in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, Wilma is a spawn of hell, a monster, and surely not one of them: she is a retarded, corpulent and close-lipped child - and a child without parents. Her helplessness, however, engages the love and sympathy of Agnes, a widowed and childless woman, who both embraces and clings to her fosterling. In constant anxiety for Wilma, she tries to protect their little happiness against the locals, youth welfare officials and all external threats. But their happiness is based on dependence, and in a narrow, secluded world, this can prove lethal...
In this book, Evelyn Grill demonstrates once more why her recent novels Vanitas and Der Sammler [The Collector] made her one of the most provocative voices of contemporary German-speaking literature. She writes uncompromisingly succinct, without sentimentality or shallow morality, and she is never afraid to explore the abysmal depths of the human soul.
Evelyn Grill was born in Garsten (Upper Austria) and lives in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) as a freelance writer. Her recent publications include Vanitas oder Hofstätters Begierden (2005, “Vanitas or Hofstätter’s Desires”) and Der Sammler (2006, “The Collector”) and Das römische Licht (2008, The Roman Light).