On Tangled Paths

Paperback | September 24, 2013

byTheodor FontaneTranslated byPeter James BowmanAfterword byPeter James Bowman

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A moving love story and a vivid depiction of Berlin in the 1870s, from Germany's greatest nineteenth-century novelist Theodor Fontane

In this classic novel—one of the pillars of German literature—Lene, a beautiful, orphaned young seamstress, falls in love with Botho, a handsome, aristocratic cavalry officer. They know they have only a short time together, as society deems their relationship inappropriate and refuses to take their love seriously. But while Botho seems to have a glittering life ahead of him, his love may be his undoing. First published in 1887, this taut, flawless masterpiece caused a scandal with its portrayal of a sexual affair across the classes.

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A moving love story and a vivid depiction of Berlin in the 1870s, from Germany's greatest nineteenth-century novelist Theodor FontaneIn this classic novel—one of the pillars of German literature—Lene, a beautiful, orphaned young seamstress, falls in love with Botho, a handsome, aristocratic cavalry officer. They know they have only a...

Theodor Fontane (1819–1898), one of Germany’s greatest writers, published sixteen novels and also worked as a pharmacist, soldier, press agent, journalist, and war correspondent.Peter James Bowman is a writer and translator who completed a doctoral thesis at Cambridge University on the works of Fontane. He lives in Ely, England.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.73 × 5.03 × 0.44 inPublished:September 24, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0141392177

ISBN - 13:9780141392172

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"On Tangled Paths has the flawless logic and beautiful design of the novella at its best"
-Paul Binding, The Spectator

"There is an undertow of sadness to this novel, yet to read it is a joy, for its humanity, subtlety and visual immediacy"
-Ruth Pavey, The Independent

"Theodor Fontane's first true masterpiece; it has a perfect beginning, a perfect ending, and no superfluous sentence in between"
-Henry Garland