A psychological thriller by the pioneering German writer Ricarda Huch. A novel of letters from the last century – but one with an astonishingly modern feel. Now for the first time in English.

Russia at the beginning of the 20th century. To counter student unrest, the governor of St Petersburg closes the state university. Soon afterwards he arrives at his summer residence with his family and receives a death threat. His worried wife employs a young bodyguard, Lju, to protect her husband. Little does she know that Lju sides with the students – and the students are plotting an assassination.

‘She is the First Lady of Germany. No, she is probably the First Lady of Europe.’ Thomas Mann on Ricarda Huch


Why Peirene chose to publish this book:

'I came upon this novel in the original German a year ago. And I loved it. It’s a proper epistolary novel. Even though written more than 100 years ago, it feels as relevant now as then. The Last Summer asks how people can be trapped by an ideology? A topical story. An enjoyable read. A gem.' Meike Ziervogel

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

East and West Series
120pp, paperback with flaps, £12
Published February 2017
ISBN 978-1-908670-34-2
eISBN 978-1-908670-35-9