The Cage of Love
Judith is a strong, independent, and self-satisfied woman in her thirties: she certainly doesn’t want or wait for prince charming. But maybe that’s the reason why she’s pleasantly flattered when Hans, a successful architect, is struck by her beauty. A respectful suitor and an impeccable guest, Hans at first seduces Judith’s friends and family, adoring her and filling her daily routine with cares. Can other people’s love turn into a burden and a suffocating cage? Can afairy tale really turn into a nightmare? An intriguing and captivating book, especially successful in the protagonist’s characterization and the lucid analysis of her slow descent into madness. Daniel Glattauer cannot claim a crystalline prose, but he writes about love with originality and precision, two extremely rare qualities in the contemporary scene.
Translation by Silvia Littardi (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)