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Based on Jakob Wassermann's own ruinous marriage, My First Wife bears the unmistakable aura of true and bitter experience, telling a story of rare intensity that unfolds in shocking detail.

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The candour and extremity and intelligence of My First Wife are profoundly affecting ... This is a literary masterwork of a vanished kind, but through the remarkable Hofmann it is born again as a story for our age. Hofmann has the rare ability to refresh the very heart of a text in translating it, to increase its connections to life -- Rachel Cusk * Guardian *
The opening pages of this novel are ike something out of Chekhov - it's all there, the ennui, the preening etiquette, the intellectual posturing ... painfully heartfelt ... My First Wife is a devastating indictment of the choices we make out of convenience against our hearts and instincts, and the tragedies that ensue * Independent *
[Wassermann's] most elegant and focused work * London Review of Books *
You won't find a more agonising, fascinating literary account of a marriage hitting the rocks * Mail Online *

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