Love Virtually (Anglais) Broché – 21 juin 2012
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Revue de presse
'Short, striking and snappily written, Love Virtually explores the brilliant premise of love by accidental e-mail' Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror. (Daily Mirror)
'Perhaps the first great romantic novel of the internet age' Sunday Express. (Sunday Express)
'A modern romance that feels both fresh and traditional' Rebecca Wilson, Sunday Times. (Sunday Times)
'I couldn't put it down ... like a jilted lover, when I reached the end I wanted more' Danielle Goldstein, Time Out. (Time Out)
'it is tense and brilliantly paced' Independent on Sunday. (Independent on Sunday)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Have you ever just clicked with someone?
Is there a safer space for secret desires than virtual reality?
"Just what you need" WENDY HOLDEN
It begins by chance: Leo receives emails in error from an unknown woman called Emmi. Being polite he replies, and Emmi writes back. A few brief exchanges are all it takes to spark a mutual interest in each other, and soon Emmi and Leo are sharing their innermost secrets and longings. The erotic tension simmers, and it seems only a matter of time before they will meet in person. But they keep putting off the moment - the prospect both unsettles and excites them. And, after all, Emmi is happily married. Will their feelings for each other survive the test of a real-life encounter?
Translated from German by Jamie Bulloch and Katharina Bielenberg
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This seems unlikely on the surface, since Leo and Emmi are better-educated and more articulate than most, but I think the pattern of coquetry and confabulation, along with the inevitable miscommunications, are very typical of this kind of interaction. For a certain category of individuals, which I would describe as reasonably intelligent and educated and comfortable with words while not necessarily being overly cerebral, this dialogue may seem hauntingly familiar. I know it was for me.
But Daniel Glattauer, in what I regard as an almost heroic fidelity to his minimalist vision, tells his story entirely through emails in an updated digital version of epistolary novels. Yet even Glattauer’s couple cannot escape the imperative which lurks within every virtual romantic exchange: eventually, for the online affair to have meaning, the couple must meet in the flesh.
A virtual romantic relationship is a lot like raising a child. Together, the couple creates a cute relationship “baby” which they raise and nurture, but as their child grows it will need at some point to take its first steps outside the virtual womb.
Of course, those first steps into the outside world are almost always scary, and couples often resist exposing their pretty baby to such potentially harsh elements. I know of couples who postponed their first in-flesh meetings for months and even years (sometimes, even after years, they never meet). Emmi and Leo are also extremely protective of their non-corporeal relationship, and never do meet in person in the novel (readers will need to read Every Seventh Wave for that epic event).
While some may consider the novel "unfinished" or "incomplete," it is a very faithful mirror of actual online relationships, and I loved it for that.
I am writing this some months after reading it, which is a testimony i think to how much this book made a long lasting impression! Not many books do.
There is a sequel - a new book that takes off where the first book ends, which I think has not yet been translated into English. I can't wait.