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Love Doesn't Work, by Henning Koch

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Love Doesn't Work, by Henning Koch


Love Doesn't Work, by Henning Koch

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Enduring her jet-set life in Sardinia, a woman has learnt to sublimate her erotic longings caused by her husband’s impotence, until a visitor offers a more immediate solution. A claustrophobic banker fears the destruction of his relationship when he discovers a yawning hole beneath the streets of Stockholm. The arrival of a gorgeous Russian piano prodigy inspires a screenwriter to look beyond his treadmill London existence. And while fixing a leaking toilet in the wilds of Sweden, Ingmar Bergman explains the predicament of lovers in a hostile world. Love Doesn’t Work offers classic storytelling with profound, startling insights into human desire and its shortfalls. Inspired by the ancient Cathars, these seven tales present a vision of life as an inevitable struggle against ignorance, darkness, and sexual confusion. Devilish and playful in tone, they leave the reader with a sense of outraged satisfaction and delight.


"...examines the struggles of the human condition with sharp satire but also surprising vulnerability." (Jen Michalski, The Nervous Breakdown)

"It has stayed in my mind, which to me as an avid reader, means it is special." (Theresa Quinn, Amazon)

"The reader is carried along by a peculiar intelligence lurking inside the main character who seems to know he's making royal mistakes, but just has to keep on going. So does the reader." (Peter Wix, Amazon)  

"This short collection of short stories from Dzanc Books was a pleasure to read. Surreal, a little lusty, with characters caught in the disillusionment of career artists, Henning Koch's debut book Love Doesn't Work evokes Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, Kelly Link, or perhaps Haruki Murakami."  (Matt Pine, Written in Chicago)

"Simply some of the best, clearest, most honest writing I've come across in a long time..."  (Marcus Speh, Goodreads)


Henning Koch’s writing started with screenplays. Between 2002 and 2007 he worked as a translator and dramaturge for Yellow Bird Films, makers of Henning Mankell’s Wallander series for television and cinema in Scandinavia, Germany, and the UK. In 2005, Koch moved to Sardinia, off the coast of Italy, where he spent three years writing the short story collection Love Doesn’t Work and the novel The Maggot People.