The Housekeeper


Original Title: Die Haushälterin

Hardcover with jacket, 176 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-05786-0
€ 17.90 [D] | € 18.40 [A] | CHF 25.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Belletristik

Date of publication: February 9, 2005
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Lithuania*, Slovenia (Litera)

Jens  Petersen - The Housekeeper


"A powerful story." Süddeutsche Zeitung

Sixteen-year-old Philip Merz is just beginning to come to terms with the death of his mother when his father is made redundant, starts drinking heavily, reviving old love-affairs and finally falls down the stairs to the cellar. In desperation, Philip decides to advertise for a housekeeper. Things change dramatically after he offers the job to Ada, a Polish student…

The Housekeeper is a novel that works on many levels: depicting the various generations within a family, it is also a searching exploration of a father-son relationship, and has a new take on the perennial subject of first love. Jens Petersen’s portrait of a young adult is both laconic and witty.

He gets his novel humming right from the very first page and, with the help of a load of ludicrous, sometimes even slightly tasteless details and ideas, keeps the momentum up."

Der Spiegel


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