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Dove and Mallard

Literary Fiction, Fiction

A blazing novel about art, love and treason

As always, the De Kesel family spend their summer vacation in southern France. The heat makes everyone sluggish, the cicadas are serenading in the cypresses, and every morning the lady of the house, negligently dressed in her night-gown, crosses the grounds on her way to the gatehouse, already expected by the steward. Her husband is distracted by a fateful affair of his own. But then a marital row is ignited by a painting called “Dove and Mallard”, a still-life from the 19th century. Why is there a vermillion spot right in the centre of the painting? This would make it a modern masterpiece, wouldn’t it? However, the wife wants to sell the painting and thus the tension between the spouses is growing.

  • Martin Mosebach, a painter with words, depicts human failings like no other
  • Books by the author have been translated into 12 languages
Martin Mosebach

Born in Frankfurt on the Main in 1951, where he has remained, Martin Mosebach has been making his living as a freelance author after obtaining a law degree. His output includes novels, short stories, poetry, essays and librettos, for which he has received many awards including the Heimito von Doderer Prize for Literature (1999), the Heinrich von Kleist Prize (2002) and the Georg Büchner Prize (2007). Further works: “A Long Night” (2000), “The Moon and the Maiden” (2002).

Dove and Mallard

A blazing novel about art, love and treason

As always, the De Kesel family spend their summer vacation in southern France. The heat makes everyone sluggish, the cicadas are serenading in the cypresses, and every morning the lady of the house, negligently dressed in her night-gown, crosses the grounds on her way to the gatehouse, already expected by the steward. Her husband is distracted by a fateful affair of his own. But then a marital row is ignited by a painting called “Dove and Mallard”, a still-life from the 19th century. Why is there a vermillion spot right in the centre of the painting? This would make it a modern masterpiece, wouldn’t it? However, the wife wants to sell the painting and thus the tension between the spouses is growing.

  • Martin Mosebach, a painter with words, depicts human failings like no other
  • Books by the author have been translated into 12 languages
Bibliographic Data
336 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-28000-6
First published 2022