The Appointment

The Appointment

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In a well-appointed examination in London, a young woman unburdens herself to a certain Dr. Seligman. Though she can barely see above his head, she holds forth about her life and desires, her struggles with her sexuality and identity. Born and raised in Germany, she has been living in London for several years, determined to break free from her family origins and her haunted homeland. But the recent death of her grandfather, and an unexpected inheritance, make it clear that you cannot easily outrun your own shame, whether it be physical, familial, historical, national, or all of the above.

Or can you? With Dr. Seligman’s help, our narrator will find out.

In a monologue that is both deliciously dark and subversively funny, she takes us on a wide-ranging journey from Hitler-centered sexual fantasies and overbearing mothers to the medicinal properties of squirrel tails and the notion that anatomical changes can serve as historical reparation. The Appointment is an audacious debut novel by an explosive new international literary voice, challenging all of our notions of what is fluid and what is fixed, and the myriad ways we seek to make peace with others and ourselves in the 21st century.

Title:The Appointment
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982150174
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    The Appointment Reviews

  • Adina

    Update 21/2: Anna informed me in the comment section that the novel was published in Germany last year with good reviews. As a result, part of my review is no longer relevant. Longlisted for The Repub...

  • Ilse

    No shock, no awe…Our veins are slowly filling with each other’ stories and dirt, each other’s colours and screams; we carry each other’s broken hearts under our skin until one day they block e...

  • Robin

    The Appointment is a companion piece, of sorts, to Portnoy's Complaint. You know, Philip Roth's monologue in which Alex Portnoy yaks on about jerking off in the bathroom while his mother screams at hi...

  • Meike

    English: The AppointmentOkay, this is hilarious: The author, who is half-German and who has lived in London since age 19, so half of her life, has promoted this book in the English-speaking world by d...

  • Pedro

    This novel(a) proves that it’s possible to combine some of the darkness and ‘nastiness’ from Otessa Moshfegh’s Eileen with the humorous parts of Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and the s...

  • Lee

    Difficult to briefly encapsulate, this often felt like Bernhard at his hilarious, pitch-dark best. Not for the squeamish or those easily offended, The Appointment is very funny and deeply sad, a glitt...

  • Paul Fulcher

    Now longlisted for the Rathbones Folio PrizeThe Appointment is the latest novel from perhaps the UK's finest publisher, Fitzcarraldo Editions, as well as the latest book from the Republic of Conscious...

  • Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer

    I read this book due to its longlisting for the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize.My five start review of this would be as follows.This short novella (only 85 pages) nevertheless packs in a whole h...

  • Hugh

    Longlisted for the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2021My eighth book from the Republic of Consciousness list is another that is very difficult to assess objectively. The book is a monologue told by a...

  • Darryl Suite

    This… this… this. This book is nuts. I can definitely tell you that this book won't be for everyone. You'll figure that out right away, probably by the first sentence even. Dreams and fantasies ab...