By Hannah Tucker
June 06, 2008 at 04:00 AM EDT

Love Today

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Craving sappy tales of domestic bliss? Then avoid these frighteningly perceptive snippets of modern intimacy in Love Today. A bomb goes off in a Tel Aviv café as a woman recalls lying to her partner in ”The Suicide”; childhood sweethearts are unsatisfied with their affair in ”Ziggy Stardust.” Each story from acclaimed German writer Maxim Biller (translated into English by Anthea Bell) employs laconic prose to illustrate the tragedies of failed romance. Biller’s ability to expose the root of each character’s plight in just a few pages is so absorbing, however, that you won’t even miss the happy endings. B+

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