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An Exclusive Love

A Memoir

Johanna Adorján, Anthea Bell (Translated by)


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"A powerful and affecting memoir––reminiscent of Sebald." —Phlipp Meyer, author of American Rust

Chain-smoking, peculiarly stylish, stubborn, and eccentric—Vera and István were anything but ordinary grandparents. Sixteen years after their death, Johanna Adorján fills the gaps in their story. An Exclusive Love is a brilliantly constructed memoir and a gorgeous romance, a tale of two people who died as they lived: inseparable.

Praise For An Exclusive Love: A Memoir

Elegance is magnetic, and so is lifelong love. The reader cannot take her eyes from them.
— Susan Salter Reynolds - Los Angeles Times

Editors' Choice: A spare, beautiful exploration.
— New York Times Book Review

A truly memorable book.
— Diana Athill

Offers a prism through which one might examine and perhaps come to understand a most complicated act.
— Elizabeth Berg

Sophisticated intelligence, coupled with the sensibility of an artist.
— Vivian Gornick

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393340556, 194pp.

Publication Date: January 30, 2012

About the Author

Johanna Adorján, born in 1971 in Stockholm, has worked as an editor and writer for various newspapers and magazines. A former theater and opera student, she has also written for stage and screen. She lives in Berlin.

Anthea Bell, OBE, is a British translator who has translated numerous literary works, especially children's literature, from French, German, Danish, and Polish to English.