The Labyrinth of Tender Force

166 Love Stories

Alexander Kluge

Translated by Wieland Hoban



6 x 9 inches, 91 halftones, 536 pp. December 2018

ISBN : 9780857426048

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No human quality is more necessary for survival than love, yet it is easy to lose your way within love’s complex labyrinth of oppositions. 

The Labyrinth of Tender Force collects 166 of Alexander Kluge’s love stories previously concealed among his vast library of more than 2,000 texts. 'Basic stories' was what he once called them. Organized thematically, these stories take readers on a flight over the maps—the varied topography—of love. This flight ends on a high plateau, at the heart of the most beautiful romances and a cardinal text of modernity about the economy of relationships: Madame de La Fayette’s The Princess of Cleves.
The latest offering from one of the greatest living German writers, The Labyrinth of Tender Force masterfully explores the greatest peaks and the most dreadful crevasses of passionate love combining Kluge’s trenchant vignettes with drawings, photographs and other archival material culled from diverse sources.

Alexander Kluge is one of the major German fiction writers of the late 20th century and an important social critic. As a filmmaker, he is credited with the launch of the New German Cinema movement.


Wieland Hoban is a British composer who lives in Germany. He has translated several works from German, including many by Theodor W. Adorno.

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