This short novel, set in early 20th century Russia, is told in the letters between family members. The letters are lighthearted and elegantly written. There is however a hidden danger lurking in the midst of this family. An unusual and atmospheric novel first published in 1910 in Germany and now published in Britain. I found the style of the letters one of the most enjoyable parts of the book - definitely one of the best epistolary novels.
I might have predicted you'd react like this, but I hope you will have no cause to in the future. You make it sound as if I've come here to undertake a psychological study. You think I am developing a keen sense of family life. You say I might just as well be visiting my aunt in Odessa and much more besides. What do you want? Did you expect me to pounce on my victim like a hungry cannibal, a hate filled love rival or a cheated husband?