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The Appointment by Katharina Volckmer

The Appointment by Katharina Volckmer

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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, and 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. In a monologue that is both razor-sharp and subversively funny, she takes us on a wide-ranging journey from outré sexual fantasies and overbearing mothers to the medicinal properties of squirrel tails and the enduring legacy of shame. With The Appointment, her audacious debut novel, Katharina Volckmer challenges our notions of what is fluid and what is fixed and injects a dose of Bernhardian snark into contemporary British fiction.

TLS Books of the Year 2020

‘Surprising, inventive, disturbing and beautiful – The Appointment is an overdue, radical intervention.’ 
— Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick

‘[A] transgressive, darkly funny novel.’ 
— New Yorker

‘Katharina Volckmer’s debut, The Appointment, is the most audacious novel I have read in years.[...It] is horribly funny and shockingly good; if the best writing takes a risk, this is Russian roulette.’
— Frances Wilson, TLS

‘Audacious...hilariously funny. The prose is immaculate, she captures you, buttonholes you from the very first page...It is better than it has any right to be for a first book.’
— John Mitchinson, Backlisted