From Publishers Weekly
Swedish author Fioretos's first novel to be translated into English is an eerie, erotic tale set in 1928 Berlin about a part-time movie projectionist turned accused killer. Sascha Knisch's humdrum life turns scandalous after Dora Wilms, the madam who indulges him in his peculiar sexual tastes, is found dead. Sascha becomes suspect number one, and to try to prove his innocence, he digs into Dora's mysterious past, uncovering a psychosexual plot involving one of Dora's former confidantes and the sinister Foundation for Sexual Research. But the more Sascha learns about the plot and Dora's possible involvement, the less makes sense to Sascha. Simultaneously, Sascha reflects on what is obliquely referred to as the sexual question and tries to discover his true self. An odd supporting cast of characters—most notably One-legged Else—provide comic relief in this dense and atmospheric novel. It has all the markings of a cult favorite. (Mar.)
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"In this noir-ish novel of 1928 Berlin, Aris Fioretos serves up an intoxicating brew distilled of equal parts murder mystery, sexological rumination, and historical farce" -- Jeffrey Eugenides "Fioretos has many similarities to Vladimir Nabokov... His prose style is playful, attentive and deft... By the end of this novel, the truth about Sascha Knisch may remain uncertain, but the formidable qualities of his creator have been well established" Times Literary Supplement "A stylish, intelligent and eerily entertaining novel" Independent on Sunday "This incredible novel about a young man's odyssey through the sexual underground of Weimar Germany is either a comic tragedy or a tragic comedy, and it is Aris Fioretos' great achievement to keep you guessing past the last page. The Truth about Sascha Knisch is worldly, audacious, haunting in its candour and unremittingly disturbing in its prescience. Fioretos is without a doubt one of Europe's most gifted writers" -- Jane Kramer "A masterpiece" Frankfurter Rundschau