Sophie von Maltzahn

Love in Lourdes

Liebe in Lourdes

Love in Lourdes

A subtly ironic novel about the longing for spirituality and mysticism in our times

Following a long-established tradition, the aristocracy makes its pilgrimage to Lourdes year after year, accompanying sick children to this site of miracles. This journey in the service of the most vulnerable is an important part of the aristocratic education, even today. The latest to join is Kassandra, a woman in her late 30s who takes this adventure on with a marvelously non-believing attitude.

Yet her days in the “holy district” will leave her anything but untouched. For Kassandra, the journey turns into an open-ended personal experiment – she surrenders herself entirely to the abstruse cosmos of the pilgrimage site. But what does this overkill of Christian mysticism, deep faith and ancient liturgical procedures do to a modern city dweller? How can you get your bearings in a strict hierarchy of religious orders – which is taken unnervingly seriously by all those involved? And is it possible to remain skeptical, detached and untouched in an environment completely devoted to serving the sick? Of course not! And so it isn’t long before the “ethnological distance” disappears – and love breaks through.

With a great sense of humor, Sophie von Maltzahn writes about an expedition to an unfamiliar realm in a subtly composed novel that asks how receptive we are to the promise of redemption – whether or not we are believers.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05205-3
release: 06. June 2019
224 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Sophie von Maltzahn, born in 1984, studied business administration, art history and Egyptology and is a freelance contributor to Die Welt and Berliner Morgenpost. She was an editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and author of the blog “Ding und Dinglichkeit”. She traveled to Lourdes for the first time at the age of 24; since then, she has been there seven times. Liebe in Lourdes is her first novel with Kiepenheuer & Witsch. She lives in Berlin.