Love in Five Acts // Daniela Krien

“Deep-set depression and shame are two of Krien’s primary literary drivers, which may be why the book was a bestseller in Germany. Happiness is depicted as a byproduct of immaturity, capricious or suspect, and even mourning is close to pathologised, a discrete emotional response never met with the compassion that allows it to evolve into wisdom. Krien’s characters are so remote, and her rein on them so restrictive, that resonance dissipates for all but the emotionally cauterised.”

– from my review of Daniela Krien’s Love in Five Acts, published here.

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