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Ingo Schulze's novel "Adam and Evelyn"

Ingo Schulze: Adam and Evelyn (Adam und Evelyn)

Hardcover | 304 pages | ISBN 9783827008107 | Aug 2008 | Berlin Verlag

English excerpt

The book: Late summer 1989, holidays on Lake Balaton – suddenly, Hungary opens its border, and the forbidden West with all its temptations is within reach. Adam is a man whom women love because he sews clothes for them that make them beautiful and desirable. And Adam loves beautiful women. Once they wear his clothes, he desires them all. Apart from that, he loves Evelyn. One hot August day, she catches him in flagrante with the voluptuous Lilli, one of his creations. A furious Evelyn drives off to Hungary and Lake Balaton with a friend and the friend's arrogant cousin from the west, instead of with Adam. He jumps in his old Wartburg to follow the red Passat.
In the special moment of that late summer 1989, Ingo Schulze discovers the original human story of the forbidden and temptation, love and insight and not least, the longing for paradise. Playing on the biblical myth of Adam and Eve, a novel taking on the betwixt and between, a superb tragicomedy.

The author:
Ingo Schulze was born in Dresden in 1962, studied in Jena and worked in Altenburg as a drama advisor and newspaper editor. He has lived in Berlin since 1993. He received the Berliner Literaturpreis and Johannes-Bobrowski-Medaille for "Simple Stories" (1998). He won this year's Premio Grinzane Cavour for his great novel "Neue Leben", published in 2005. His story collection "Handy" was awarded the 2007 Leipzig Book Fair Prize. Ingo Schulze is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin and the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtkunst.
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