When, at last, the man of her dreams speaks to her, she turns him down. »As if a stranger were speaking through her lips.« Ferraghani is Persian, Sanda is German. They meet in Vienna as students. It is the beginning of a story as old as Romeo and Juliet. It is about the joys and terrors of great love, the embodiment of bliss and the crash into reality. Here, however, the relationship is not doomed to an untimely end through death of the protagonists; Sanda and Ferraghani are faced with the question of all failed lovers: Was their fate sealed from the beginning? Or is there a kind of happiness that cries out for destruction? A love story of shimmering eroticism and tender melancholy – as well as oriental inspiration, since the Oracle of the great Hafiz to which Sanda and Ferraghani turn is available to the reader in the appendix to the book.
»Sibylle Mulot has produced a literary masterpiece with this book about happiness - a completely rounded work in which every word has been perfectly chosen.«Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»The narrative perspective is at once refined and completely unaffected. With each new book, Mulot’s prose becomes more concise, more compact, more polished.«Neue Zürcher Zeitung
»Sibylle Mulot is a talent rare among German writers: she knows how to summon up the small dramas of everyday life with a light wave of her hand, dramas which are not infrequently echoes of the greater tragedies of the past.«Der Spiegel