First day of sale: 05.06.2020
SOMMER IN WIEN/ SUMMER IN VIENNA
A Novel, ca. 180 pp.
“[…] a Viennese Melange of romance, contemporary and literary history, social critique and bookseller enthusiasm.”
Ingeborg Waldinger, WIENER ZEITUNG on “Wenn es Frühling wird in Wien”
A VIENNESE BOOKSHOP AND THE LAST SUMMERS OF THE BELLE EPOQUE
Marie, nanny in Arthur Schnitzler’s home, will be seeing the sea for the first time in her life: the famous playwright and his family are travelling to the summer resort of the Croatian island Brioni.
Shortly afterwards, great happiness and great suffering are intertwined in Marie’s life again. She has been engaged to the bookseller Oskar and is overjoyed – but as a soon-to-be-married woman, she has to leave the beloved Schnitzler-children.
In summer 1913 the couple gets married. Oskar is running the bookshop at Währinger Strasse now on his own, and Marie tries to help wherever she can. But she is shy of the well-read customers, and the idea of once becoming a proper bookseller seems absolutely preposterous.
In spring 1914 Marie’s and Oskar’s happiness is perfect with the birth of their son Friedrich. But suddenly their life is overshadowed by something much bigger. On 28 June 2014 the Austrian crown prince Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated in Sarajevo and only a few weeks later everything which seemed to be granted is thrown into question.
Rights to previous titles sold to: Kaktus Books (Dutch), Ediciones Siruela (Spanish World)
Petra Hartlieb, born in Munich in 1967, grew up in Upper Austria. She studied psychology and history and subsequently worked as a press officer and literary critic in Vienna and Hamburg. In 2004, she took over a traditional bookshop in Vienna’s Währing district, now called Hartlieb’s Books. This is the story she tells in her book ‘Meine wundervolle Buchhandlung’ (My Wonderful Bookshop), published in 2014 by DuMont. The same bookshop plays a central role in her novels ‘Wenn es Frühling wird in Wien’ (When Spring Comes to Vienna), and "Sommer in Wien" (Summer in Vienna).