Roman Graf: Girl for Morris. Knaus Verlag (Hardcover, Fiction)

Girl for Morris


Original Title: Mädchen für Morris

Hardcover with jacket, 304 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0571-9
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Knaus

Date of publication: September 19, 2016
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Roman  Graf - Girl for Morris


An unsettling literary game with the limits of erotic desire

Albert Keller, a retired lecturer in literature, is still mourning his son, who was killed in a tragic road accident at the age of fourteen. That Morris never had the chance to experience love is a scarcely bearable injustice for Albert. He keeps looking out for girls that would have been suitable for Morris. Albert lives alone and he also finds consolation in the books by Jean Mason, in which he believes he can find Morris again. When Mason dies, Albert visits his family to do some research for a biography. There, he meets Mason's daughter, twelve-year-old Joëlle: He chooses her to be the "Girl for Morris", until one day he realises that in reality he desires the girl for himself – and finally goes too far.

Girl for Morris is an ingenious play on the famous works by Vladimir Nabokov and Lewis Carroll, and it skillfully oscillates between fiction and reality. The reader can never be sure what is narrative and what is really happening. Who is pulling the strings in this story? Who is the narrator here and who a literary character? And what power does an author have over his characters and thus over the fantasies and reflexes of his readers?

The latest novel by the award-winning Swiss writer – masterful conception, elegant language.

"Roman Graf presents his virtuosic third novel: Girl for Morris is a thriller and a game of illusions."





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