Agatha by Anne Cathrine Bomann Translated by Caroline Waight


Agatha by Anne Cathrine Bomann Translated by Caroline Waight



Literature in Translation Series
September 29, 2020 | Fiction
8×5.25 inches | 154 pages
Trade Paper: 9781771666459
Author Hometown: Copenhagen, DK
Translator Hometown: London, UK



A psychiatrist is counting down toward his upcoming retirement. He lives alone in his childhood home and has neither friends nor family.

Often, he resorts to drawing bird caricatures of his patients instead of taking notes. His social life consists of brief conversations with his meticulous secretary, Madame Surrugue, who has reigned over the clinic for more than thirty years. The two of them have no relationship outside the office, where everything runs smoothly and uneventfully.

Until one day, that is, when a young German woman called Agatha arrives and demands to see the doctor, and he soon realizes that underneath her fragile exterior is a strong and fascinating woman. The doctor and Agatha embark upon a course of therapy together, a process that forces the doctor to confront his fear of true intimacy outside the clinic. But is it too late to reconsider your existence as a seventy-one-year-old?

Praise for Agatha:

“Charming, funny and packed with insight.”
Irish Times

“This short, uplifting book brings us a more fully-realised character than most authors could manage with three times the room, and some painfully hard-won moments of genuine human contact in an arid life.” —The National