The Closeness of Love


Original Title: Liebesnähe

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 400 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87303-9
€ 21.99 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 12, 2011
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Hanns-Josef  Ortheil - The Closeness of Love


What is the language of love?

A man and a woman arrive at a beautiful hotel in the foothills of the Alps. They become aware of each other and from then on exchange secret signs – small messages, references to books or pieces of music – and, without ever saying a single word to one another, become involved in the mystery of two people becoming closer to each other and in an unusual love affair.

Acting as a go-between is the owner of the hotel bookshop as she pulls her own strings behind the scenes of this growing involvement. She "feeds" the two lovers with books which – like the love potion in "Tristan and Isolde" – develop their very own magical power. Only through script and writing do the two lovers discover what joins them.

“Hanns-Josef Ortheil's masterful new novel about searching for and finding love ... kitschy? Maybe a little, but it's beautiful!”

Freundin Donna


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