»Gerstl’s language is part of a universal, urban but equally provincial and Viennese world of fantasy, thoughts and reality.« (Thomas Rothschild)
A fearless novel from 1929: Mela Hartwig debates the gender theories on a level with the contradictions of her time and manages to unsettle her audience even 80 years later.
»If someone is scared of getting older, they should try Grenzland Zwischenland. Who relates old age to anxiety and despair will not find better words of comfort.« (Karl-Markus Gauss, SZ)
»In her tales, Helbich achieves a tremendous effect with the elaborate combination of simple descriptions. She finds words for the unspeakable.« (Isabella Pohl, Der Standard)
Tinged with autobiographical details, Helbich’s text The House tells the story of a woman over 60, who, against any reason and against the well-meaning advice of her friends, grants herself her dearest wish and buys an old house.