For the first time in English, a contemporary and friend of Virginia Woolf and Stefan Zweig gives us the definitive portrait of a woman lost on the margins of modern life.
A mundane office worker descends into erotic obsession. . . . Mela Hartwig s novel . . . is the profession of an astonishing self-abasement: a tantalizing, unforgettable book. [A]n heiress of Kleist... Finally, the time has come for Mela Hartwig s rediscovery! The contradictions, the constant fluctuation between passion and dispassionate observation, make this office romance written in the form of a heated confession outrageously modern and thrilling.