"Fou combines eroticism and hilarity with enviable panache... a boundlessly entertaining novel." Sunday Telegraph
"A wry, intellectually exuberant tale... A delight." Observer
With a sharp-tongued, bitter-sweet nostalgia, from her attic in Islington, sustained by cognac and crisps, Liselotte Berg recounts her golden youth. Actress, sublime beauty, analysand of Freud and model for Kokoshka, Klikmt and Sciele, confidante of writers, kleptomaniac, drunk and multiple personality, her story is full of sharp wit and verve.
What secret shame surrounds her cousins Felix's nose? Whatever happened to her innocence? Why did she spill mayonnaise on Franz Kafka's manuscripts? Did she really help start two world wars?
Fou is an erotic tragi-comedy and psychological mystery, set against the decadence, extravagance and perversity of fin de siecle Vienna.