Originally published in 1985 and republished in 2010 to great critical acclaim, Roman Numeral One is a poetic recollection of an impossible love story between a middle-aged writer who “has grown old but has never managed to grow up,” and an enigmatic, fiercely independent and frivolous dentist called Piroska. As the narrator waits for the long hoped-for return of his lover in a provincial thermal bath, he recalls in carefully ordered fragments his youth in war-torn Hungary, the poor but glamorous life of artists in the seventies – including his long therapeutic stay at Karlovy Vary during the film festival – and the curious events of his love with Piroska, constantly changing between sheer hopelessness and ruthless joy.
An impossible love story between a middle-aged writer and an enigmatic, fiercely independent dentist
ISBN 978 963 14 2763 9
2010, hard cover with jacket
Dutch, Van Gennep