About the Book
For the first time available in English — in a superb translation by Louise Stoehr — Learning About Love: A Novel is Geerje Suhr’s second book with Culicidae Press. We published the first one, The German Exchange Student: A Love Story, in 2022.
During the 1960s Gorda decides to study in Switzerland. She finds her great love – and her utter despair – in a relationship with the handsome and intelligent university student Remo. With humor and self-deprecation the author describes the fears and hopes of a young woman on the way to find herself.
Like her first book, Learning About Love: A Novel, features several reproductions of original artwork by the author, as well as apparently historical photographs along the lines of W. G. Sebald’s Austerlitz.
What Others Say About the Book
A wonderfully modern novel that offers a unique look at the uncertainties of young love – devastating and funny at the same time. We follow Gorda’s attempts to find her place in the world where her main enemy is a foreboding sense of loneliness. She begins her studies at a university but soon changes her major and university (just to change later again). A chance encounter introduces her to Remo, an ambitious Swiss student and her great yet probematic love.
The novel is multi-layered: fairy-tale motives surface in the secular world of the 1960s; Gorda’s observations are razor-sharp, detail-driven, and highly ironic while they are still the observations of an often naive young woman; the narrative oscillates between first-person and third-person points-of-view. Held together through her exploring the ups and downs of love, the novel leaves the reader with a sense of Gorda having become her own person.
Louise E. Stoehr, Professor
Languages, Cultures, and Communication
Stephen F. Austin State University
How Can I Buy the Book?
Geertje Suhr’s Learning About Love: A Novel is available worldwide online and in your favorite bookstore around the corner. You can also order directly from us (use the links below), depending on which entity you want to support more: author, bookstore, or publisher.
The book has been published in paperback, casewrap hardcover, and digital versions (ePub and Kindle formats)
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Publisher : Culicidae Press (February 11, 2023)
Language : English
Paperback and Hardcover : 188 pages
978-1683150510 (hardcover casewrap),
978-1-68315-048-0 (ePub and Kinfle)
Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
Dimensions : 6 x 0.43 x 9 inches