“Loyalty”: fantasy world of finance

“Loyalty”: fantasy world of finance

Hernan Diaz explores the power of money, telling the same story from four different perspectives. Loyalty is a good romance.

A very wealthy financier, his mysterious wife, a house on West 17th Street in New York in the late 19th century – what could go wrong? Hernan Diaz quickly captivates the reader with his novel “Treue” and we follow the seemingly unstoppable rise of Benjamin Rask. He even managed to cash in on the stock market crash of 1929.

Benjamin is devoted to finance, social obligations are a torment to him, and “every luxury was a vulgar burden.” What fascinates him about the world of finance is that he is completely removed from real life: “He didn’t have to play a single note or dedicate himself to the things and people his transactions affected.”