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Format 125x205 Hardcover
EUR 19,90 / sFr 35,90
ISBN ebook: 9783701743797
published in August 2008
The Roman Light
Two sisters and their good-bye of a mother who eludes her children and their demands until the end of her life.
Xenia is a painter. When she gets a scholarship and is invited to Rome, she sees her chance to no longer live in the shadow as an artist. Xenia has just arrived in Rome when she receives a call by her sister from her homeland: Their mother, a famous writer, has collapsed at a lecture and is in a coma. The mother for whom her own prestige has always been more important than her family, her art more important than her children: Because of her Xenia shall travel back, turn down the chance to assert herself – not least towards the mother? The mother’s silence and death and her own distance force Xenia to grapple with her childhood, with her mother’s egoism and not least with her own art – the egoism of the daughter.
Xenia stays: because of her mother who is unreachable for her approaches, and because of Alma, the photographer, who disappears in a mysterious way; also she, without saying good-bye.
Evelyn Grill is unmistakable: sober-minded, lapidary, without sentimentality.
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 Wilma (2008, Wilma).