Volker Hage: Life's Fifth Act. Luchterhand Literaturverlag (Hardcover, Fiction)

Life's Fifth Act


Original Title: Des Lebens fünfter Akt

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87592-7
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: October 8, 2018
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Volker  Hage - Life's Fifth Act


A biographical novel about the last years of Arthur Schnitzler's life

He is at the peak of his fame. His works are in high demand, Hollywood is courting him, and women adore him even in the advanced years of his life. By summer 1928 Arthur Schnitzler has in effect achieved everything. But then his daughter Lili commits suicide when she is only 18, and with her Schnitzler loses the person who was remarkably close to him. What still remains for him in life is his attraction for women, and women have always been important for him. Love is his support and at the same time consternates him and is with him when he takes his last breath.

Volker Hage has closely examined Schnitzler's diaries and those of his daughter, along with numerous contemporary documents. His biographical novel draws an intimate portrait of this successful writer, whose final years were marked by feelings of insecurity and contradictory emotions: by the happiness of a late love and also a deep melancholy. Volker Hage has also created a panorama of Vienna on the eve of the takeover of power by the Nazis.

"Never before has Schnitzler been so close to readers as here in Life's Fifth Act."

Wiener Kurier




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