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Description - The Truth About Lou by Angela von der Lippe

This is a compelling novel based on the life of poet Lou Salome - protege of Nietzsche, lover of Rilke and muse to Freud - that brilliantly evokes the Sturm and Drang of turn-of-the-century Europe. An old hatbox of memories, an inscribed volume of Rilke's poems, and a deathbed promise - so begins a young woman's quest to uncover the truth about Lou Salome, infamous literary muse and poet. From a secluded winter retreat, a writer named Julia plumbs the mysteries of Lou's remarkable life, unearthing clues to several long-lost secrets. Taking the famous muse as her own, Julia imagines Lou's tale unfolding through the three major loves of her life: At age twenty-one she meets the smitten Friedrich Nietzsche; at age thirty-eight she takes Rainer Maria Rilke as her first lover; and at fifty she befriends Sigmund Freud. The cast of characters includes the Wagners, Tolstoy, Rodin, the Freud circle, Marlene Dietrich, and Hitler, among many others. Weaving together themes of memory, religious faith and the tensions between intellect and passion, Angela von der Lippe's stunning literary debut reveals the richness of an extraordinary woman from an all but vanished time.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781582433585
ISBN-10: 1582433585
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Counterpoint
Publisher: Counterpoint
Publish Date: 4-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Angela von der Lippe

Angela von der Lippe is a senior editor at WW Norton in New York. As a poet, she maintains a lifelong interest in translation. She lives in New York City.

Books By Angela von der Lippe

Truth About Lou by Angela von der Lippe
Paperback, December 2008
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