Author: Martin Walser
Book title: Poslednja Geteova ljubav (pronunciation: posslednya Gehteova liubav) (A Man in Love)
Narrator: Danijela Đokić (pronunciation: Daniela Jokich)
Duration: 8 hours and 40 minutes
No. of pages in black print: 254
Place and year of publishing: Belgrade, 2016.
About the Book:
In the 19th century, famous Goethe, at his 73, fell in love with a nineteen-year old Ulrike von Levetzow. Although aware of a great generation gap between them, he lets himself to his feelings in a very touching way. Two centuries later, a German author Martin Walser wrote a book Poslednja Geteova ljubav (pronunciation: posslednya Gehteova liubav) (A Man in Love) to tell a story of an impossible love through fictional Goethe’s letters to Ulrike. The reader finds out, in the end, that Ulrike, on her dying bed ordered to have the Goethe’s letters burnt, and “so it was done”. What, at first, looks like a walk on a thin ice, at the end of the story, seems like a genius magic trick. It allows Walser to tell about the failure of one love, which began in Marienbad with incredibly intelligent discussions and a nearly engagement kiss (and ended with the Marienbad Elegy), about love from the point of view of a man who, finally, preferred to end that relation. That is a cause for his jealous sister-in-law Otilia not to let him go from her paws when he returned to Weimar. Thus, a rejected offer of marriage sealed the unhappiness of a man who loved for the last time in his life…