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For the first time in English, a contemporary and friend of Virginia Woolf and Stefan Zweig gives us the definitive portrait of a woman lost on the margins of modern life.
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Mela Hartwig was born in 1893 in Vienna, where she went on to have a successful career as an actress. After marrying, Hartwig left the stage and turned her hand to writing, where she developed a name for herself as a modernist and feminist. In 1938, Hartwig and her husband immigrated to London, where she befriended Virginia Woolf. She died in London in 1967.From Publishers Weekly:
Written in the 1930s by Austrian author Hartwig, this remarkable and remarkably bare tale feels as edgily modern as it must have when it was first written. Luise Schmidt, a nondescript secretary, uses her invisibility to erotic effect. Forced to by her father (and unpromising grades) to attend trade school, Luise learns to be a secretary. However, she is frequently fired for incompetence, learning in her successive employment to ingratiate herself slavishly to the will of more powerful tormentors. She loses her one true admirer, the medical student and socialist Emil K., because of anxious, incessant self-belittlement, and rids herself of an older, repugnant fiancé by submitting to a handsome con artist for a single night. Finally, she meets Elizabeth, a volatile young acting student with an endlessly entertaining personality. Through her, Luisa experiences something like adventure, even in the fantasy of appropriating Elizabeth's boyfriend, the forbidding civil engineer Egon Z. Is it fault or fate that Luise spends her life stumbling around "with feelings that were too big for her"? Hartwig (1893-1967) delineates her narrator's masochism with a devastatingly understated finesse, proving herself an accomplished novelist.
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