A moving love story and a vivid depiction of Berlin in the 1870s, from Germany’s greatest nineteenth-century novelist Theodor Fontane
In this classic novel—one of the pillars of German literature—Lene, a beautiful, orphaned young seamstress, falls in love with Botho, a handsome, aristocratic cavalry officer. They know they have only a short time together, as society deems their relationship inappropriate and refuses to take their love seriously. But while Botho seems to have a glittering life ahead of him, his love may be his undoing. First published in 1887, this taut, flawless masterpiece caused a scandal with its portrayal of a sexual affair across the classes.
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Theodor Fontane was born in Neuruppin in 1819, the son of a Gascon Huguenot father and a Cevennoise mother, and was brought up on the Baltic Sea coast of Prussia. He did not write his first novel until the age… More about Theodor Fontane
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Published by Penguin Classics Sep 24, 2013| 192 Pages| 5-1/16 x 7-3/4| ISBN 9780141392172