ACHILLES ABSENT by Marie Monchen


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A high pitch of hysteria for the too total recall (some 600 pages) of Charlotte von Arend Albrecht when she receives word that her only son, Jerome, has been killed in action. From her despair to her disbelief, confirmed by an astrologist, she is never to receive the evidence which establishes a finality to her loss. And as she carries on her search in the present, she goes back in the past to her first marriage to Jules, a Hollander, austere, aristocratic; to the passionate, possessive affair with Jan which deteriorated to the second marriage, for security, with Max, whose jovial crudity was offensive. And at the end- there is the sustaining hope that Jerome may still return to her, or perhaps Jan...You can just wallow through the welter.

Publisher: Vantage Press