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The Lady with the Little Maghrebian Dog

A feather-light dance around the desire for affection, love and art.

Anna is a dancer. Well-married, she leads a fine life. Then she encounters Gürkan. He approaches her on the lakeside promenade, and nothing is ever the same again.

The Lady with the Little Maghrebian Dog tells of an extraordinary love affair in Zurich, from the heart of a society that simply wants to indulge in the good life. In a bright, shimmering setting, an image emerges of a heterogeneous society in which exoticism and belonging, as well as the role of art are to be renegotiated.

A ravishing tale of the desire for sense and sensuality, and across time, a homage to Anton Tschechow.


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'Dana Grigorcea has come a long way from the Danube Island to the Limmat. They are worlds apart, geographically and in also almost every other regard. With her novella, this master stroke of serenely melancholy prose, she has transformed every earthly heaviness into feather-light effortlessness and elegance. '

'Dana Grigorcea conjures up a world of flowers and sunlight, of music and dance and theatrics with relish. She allows her Anna to spin the silk in this web just as an elegant spider. We understand from the dance of the words alone, that Anna is so much a part of this world that she wouldn’t exist without it. Despite this, Anna still craves more than anything to be in Gürkan’s arms. And so this pirouetting novella elegantly enchants and entraps us without our noticing – just as the bee Anna tries one day in vain to rescue from the cocoon of a spider. '

'This novella is a dance around the desire for affection, love and art. … A little book full of longing for sense and sensuality. A declaration of love to art, and especially the performing arts. However, testingly other themes appear. The question of integration, society and how it deals with foreigners.'

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Dana Grigorcea

was born in 1979 in Bucharest. She studied German and Dutch philology in Bucharest and Brussels, Film and Theatre Direction in Brussels and Journalism in Krems. Grigorcea was awarded the 3sat Prize in Klagenfurt at the Ingeborg Bachmann competition 2015 for 'An Instinctive Feeling of Innocence'. Her debut novel, 'Baba Rada. Life is Temporary and So is The Hair on Your Head' has been awarded with the Swiss Literary Pearl 2011. After living in Germany and Austria for many years, Dana Grigorcea now lives in Zurich with her family.


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'A tribute to Zurich … A bittersweet tale … Dana Grigorcea conjures up a world of flowers and sunlight, of music and dance and theatrics with relish. '

'Dana Grigorcea is proving again that she can write wonderfully.'

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