Story of Love in Solitude

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4.4 X 0.6 X 7.1 inches | 0.35 pounds
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About the Author

Roger Lewinter was born in Montauban, France, in 1941, to Austrian Jewish parents. The family moved to Switzerland during the war, and he has lived much of his life in Geneva. For more than forty years he has worked as a writer (of both literary and scholarly works), an editor, and a translator (of Georg Groddeck, Karl Kraus, Elias Canetti, Robert Walser, and Rilke, among others). Among his dozen books are three works of fiction.
Rachel Careau was named a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Translation Fellow in 2019. Her translations of Roger Lewinter's Story of Love in Solitude and The Attraction of Things were published by New Directions in 2016. Her writing and translations have appeared in Literary Hub, BOMB, Harper's Magazine, Plume, and Two Lines. She lives in Hudson, New York.


Lewinter perfectly captures the strangeness of infatuation and the way in which it becomes all too easy to project one's own narrative onto the bodies of those around us.--Thea Hawlin
Lewinter's uncanny gift for dissecting the abstract and unspoken aspects of attraction and self-awareness raises fiction to a higher level.--Monica Carter
Lewinter's prose--lengthy sentences, punctuated largely by commas, semicolons, and dashes--has hypnotic appeal when combined with his tendency toward meandering asides and lovely melancholy.
[W]riters working at this level of care, the shifting of a word, a comma, can have a tremendous impact, even a secret drama.--Brian Evenson
[Lewinter's] unique literary that of an obsessive, a philosopher, and a miniaturist.--Karl Wolff
Arriving in elegant, bilingual editions beautifully translated by Rachel Careau, The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude are the first two books by Roger Lewinter to be published in English. Although written in the 1980s, these works seem anything but dated. Instead they feel immune to literary fashion. They exert the fascination of something done carefully, even exhaustively, for its own sake rather than to please anyone else.--Dorian Stuber"The Rules of Attraction: On Roget Lewinter" (06/12/2017)
The Attraction of Things and Story of Love in Solitude, two short books by Roger Lewinter, are the first by the French author, editor, and translator to appear in English. Majestically rendered by Rachel Careau, their publication represents an opportunity to give Lewinter the prominence he deserves...--K. Thomas Kahn