Filmmaker, opera librettist, and Berlin resident Irene Dische turns her satiric brilliance on the most improbable of love stories. With the onset of a debilitating illness, Benedikt, an ascetic mathematician, longs for a child so advertises to adopt a boy. A couple of impoverished Russian refugeesmother and sonrespond. With this unlikely pair, Benedikt ungoes a hilarious, agonizing, sentimental educationset against the chaotic backdrop of reunified Germany.
Used availability for Irene Dische's Sad Strains of a Gay Waltz
July 1997 : USA Hardback
October 1994 : UK Hardback