The White Abyss

A Heinrich Heine novel

Original Title: Der weiße Abgrund

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 192 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-75076-4
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: btb

Date of publication: July 13, 2020
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Henning  Boëtius - The White Abyss


A biographical novel on Heinrich Heine's later years and his last great love

Paris, ca. 1850. Bed-ridden and terminally ill, Heinrich Heine wants to prise one final work from the jaws of death: His memoirs are to be his magnum opus. It's been a long time since he last attended an illustrious bohemian dinner – instead, he receives occasional visits from German exiles and French artist friends.

One day, Elise Krinitz seeks him out. The young woman admires Heine, and hopes to find in him a mentor for her own literary ambitions. He tenderly and ironically calls her 'Mouche', and they soon embark on a platonic, but nonetheless passionate affair. Yet when Heine dies on the 17th February 1856, his memoirs are lost forever.

Steeped in the fascinating panorama of 1850s Paris, Boëtius's novel is a unique portrait of the final years of the great German poet Heinrich Heine.

"Fact and fiction become blurred in the elegant and amusing dialogues."

NDR Kultur


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