German novelist K…nig skillfully portrays the psychic disintegration of her protagonist Nadine, a woman uncertainly in...

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German novelist K…nig skillfully portrays the psychic disintegration of her protagonist Nadine, a woman uncertainly in love, who ""debates"" her romantic crisis in extended conversations with ""friends""-who, we soon, deduce, are transposed aspects of her own personality. They're an entertaining bunch, especially promiscuous ""Sandra"" and apocalyptic wet-blanket ""Anatol,"" and K…nig cleverly infers from ""their"" contention the sensible conclusion that being so many disagreeing (and disagreeable) people all at once indeed inhibits one from acting. A sly and funny reworking of an overworked modernist concept.

Pub Date: April 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 161

Publisher: Northwestern Univ.

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1998