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A Sad Affair

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A romantic roman à clef that tells the story of Sibylle, one of the greatest literary femmes fatales since Salomé.

Banned by the Nazis in 1936 for its frank sexual themes, Wolfgang Koeppen's first novel is at last appearing in English. A romance that anticipated Beat literature by nearly twenty years through its dizzying language and exploration of casual love, this is Koeppen's most hilarious work, one that evokes Mann's Tonio Kruger. Set during the heady, pre-World War II days of cabaret-era Germany, the novel centers around Sibylle--a stunning seductress who balances her love affairs with five men at once--and Friedrich, the callow, melancholic youth who obsessively pursues her.

In a stranger-than-fiction turn, Sibylle Scholoss, on whom the character of Sibylle is (very) loosely based, is now in her nineties and living in Manhattan. This publication enables us to celebrate not only the extraordinary renaissance of one of Germany's greatest twentieth-century writers but also the meteoric stage career of a German actress whose career was thwarted in its prime. 2 b/w photographs.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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Hardback Editions

June 2003 : USA Hardback

Title: A Sad Affair: A Novel
Author(s): Wolfgang G Koeppen
ISBN: 0-393-05718-6 / 978-0-393-05718-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
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Paperback Editions

August 2003 : UK Paperback

Title: Sad Affair
Author(s): Wolfgang Koeppen
ISBN: 1-86207-601-4 / 978-1-86207-601-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Granta Books
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