Coverbild A Fatal Passion von Lea Singer, ISBN-978-3-423-13434-7

A Fatal Passion

A dramatic love story set in Vienna at the end of the 19th century.

Showing remarkable psychological insight, Lea Singer recounts a truly dramatic love story based on real events set in the Viennese fin-de-siècle art-world.

Revealing the darker side of an era known only for its splendour, she tells the tale of an unassuming woman who is torn between her feelings for two men. Mathilde, wife of the famed composer Arnold Schönberg, becomes the mistress of the painter Richard Gerstl. Arnold Schönberg and Richard Gerstl meet for the first time in 1906. The fact that both men feel rejected, misunderstood, even despised by the Viennese cultural elite creates an instant bond between them and consolidates the friendship which develops. From the very beginning, Schönberg's wife Mathilde finds herself strangely drawn to the unconventional young painter, and »she realises that from now on life will be dangerous«. She and Gerstl soon become lovers. When Schönberg catches them in flagrante delicto Mathilde and the painter run away together. Their departure causes a sensation, the outcome is disastrous ...

240 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-13434-7
About the author

Lea Singer

Lea Singer studied art history, music and literature. Primarily an author of non-fiction books and a journalist, she lives in Munich.

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