Martin Kessel: Don Quijote‘s Sister – An Intimate Novel

Kleist Award
Georg Büchner Award
Fontane Award
Literature Award of the Bavarian Academy of the Fine Arts

Martin Kessel
Don Quijote‘s Sister – An Intimate Novel

With an epilogue by Lothar Müller.


A showpiece set in 1930‘s Berlin about life, love and the futility of passion.
Theo Schratt, an artist inexperienced in the ways of love, is commissioned to paint a portrait of the beautiful young widow, Saskia Skorell. During the very first sitting, he succumbs to her charms, and falls in love with her.
But Saskia lives in a world of her own illusions, an existence doomed to failure. What was that lady, if not a dream of her own self, a puzzle picture of her mirrored nature, an ideal verging on parody, in brief, Don Quijote’s sister?

With this novel Martin Kessel arrives at a new, masterly voice with a narrative reminiscent of Theodor Fontane.

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»One is compelled to call the conception of this novel outstanding.«
Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Never before has someone written so consequently about the ghost of love through pure mirroring of the Self in image and reflection.«
Nürnberger Nachrichten

»High linguistic skillfulness.«
Rheinischer Merkur

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