Herbert Rosendorfer

The Cactus Lady

Die Kaktusfrau

The Cactus Lady

With a light touch and subtle sense of humor, Herbert Rosendorfer lures his readers into a wondrous world, where the seemingly normal, the seemingly real, merges with the fantastical.

Herbert Rosendorfer’s new stories – teeming with metamorphoses, peregrinations and dreams – are often like fairy tales and populated by grotesque figures. There is the congenial Gogol-parody about Fedja, the errand boy, and Major General Turkin, who has allegedly been turned into a frog; or the story of a cactus belonging to an unwitting tax evader, which gradually burgeons into a charming Pygmalion. Then, there is the tale of a dog wedding planner from Ulm and his wife, who perform as Onassis and Jackie Kennedy impersonators; there are dragons and dwarves, centaurs who work as forest rangers, and a diplomatic mule in the Andes. Apropos of nothing, the lost ending of Kafka’s novel “The Castle” is revealed; a glass book announces the Golden Wind, which whittles the world down to a desert; a game of deception involving an opulently baroque secret society in Venice merges with a literary riddle; and the intrigue surrounding a Chopin mazurka comes to a fatal end.

With his whimsically surreal stories, Herbert Rosendorfer proves himself a master of literary fantasy shot through with comedy, amusingly holding up a distorting mirror to the modern rational world and its “certainties.” One thing’s for sure: after delighting in these stories, you’ll never look at a cactus the same way again.

“A Bavarian author of international renown.” Jury statement, Corine Literature Prize 2010



ISBN: 978-3-462-04473-7
release: 28. September 2012
240 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Herbert Rosendorfer, born in Bolzano in 1934, was a lawyer and professor of Bavarian literary history. He worked as an assistant judge, district attorney and later as a judge. Since 1969, he has published numerous books, including his most well-known Letters Back to Ancient China. Herbert Rosendorfer was a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and of the Academy of Sciences and Literature and he has won numerous important awards, including the Tukan Prize, Jean-Paul Prize, Germany Fantasy Prize, German Federal Cross of Merit (First Class) and, most recently, the Corine Literature Prize. Herbert Rosendorfer died in 2012.