Masochist, The

Katja Perat, Michael Biggins

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Istros Books

Published: 20-10-2020


This is a pseudo-autobiographical novel that returns post-postmodernism to modernism and offers an intimate portrayal of the limits of women’s desire and freedom against the backdrop of ethnic, class and gender tensions of a declining Austro-Hungarian empire.

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SKU: 9781912545179



Designed as a historical novel, The Masochist forges an intimate portrait of a young, tenacious woman who, in uncertain times at the end of the 19th century, chose an uncertain path – the only path that could lead her to freedom. On Christmas Eve 1874, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whom history would remember as the most famous masochist, left his home in Bruck an der Mur in Austria for the unknown. The novel surmises he didn’t come back alone, but brought with him a new family member: a tiny red-haired girl he found in the forests around Lemberg/ Lviv. The Masochist is the memoir of Nadezhda Moser, the woman this little girl becomes, a fictional character who forces her way among the historical figures of the time.

Additional information

Dimensions 129 × 198 mm
Page Count 220