Megan Harlan
September 26, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Magdalena the Sinner

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Lilian Faschinger
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B+

Magdalena Leitner confesses at length to a young priest she has kidnapped, gently gagged, and tied to a tree in Magdalena the Sinner. Framed with black humor as sleek as her leather jumpsuit, this picaresque erotic fable finds Magdalena searching Europe via motorcycle for passionate love. But as each affair — with the likes of a Transylvanian Jehovah’s Witness and a flamenco instructor who’s got a ”developed sense of rhythm” — disappoints her, she offs the lover in question and hits the road. Through her antiheroine’s wacky but seductively witty voice, Austrian writer Lilian Faschinger edgily satirizes notions of sin, piety, and sexual politics. B+

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