Kleist Prize 2013
Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize 2008
Shortlisted for the German book prize 2007
Günter Grass Prize – From Authors to Authors, 2017
English sample translation available
No. 3 of the SWR-Bestseller List in September 2007
Recommended for translation by New Books in German
West Berlin in 1987: Soja, a trained typesetter, refugee from the GDR and occasional florist with a big heart, meets Harry, a tall, free, quietly determined man with an unfathomable past and a sombre future – and henceforth they share each others fates.
Years later, all that’s left is an exercise-book with undated entries, eighty-nine sentences, to be precise, in which Harry wrote down what was on his mind while he was with Soja. Many topics are mentioned, one is missing: Soja. She sets out for the task of telling their mutual story and filling the blank spot which was left behind by Harry. She remembers the man who impresses her with his decidedness and wins her heart with a childlike kiss – and whom she tries to court from then on with all her might and against all reason.
In spite of his taciturnity, Harry gives away some information: ten years in prison after an armed robbery, released on probation, violated terms of probation when giving up on his drug therapy, in need of a new type of care, otherwise immediate threat of new term in jail. And this doesn’t make Soja angry, but gets her going instead: She organizes a new therapy, obliges her few friends to support this with complete, uninterrupted assistance, but still ignores all the hints that Harry concealed a number of things from her. And indeed, it does not take very long before the next bomb goes off.
With this long-expected novel, Katja Lange-Müller reaches out for the reader’s heart: With fine empathy, gruff humour, and an underlying tone of melancholy she tells us how an unhappy love affair can be the happiest time in somebody’s life.
release: 27. August 2007
208 pages, gebunden mit SU
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About the Author
Katja Lange-Müller was born in East Berlin in 1951. She relocated to West Berlin in 1984 and published her first book Wehleid-Wie im Leben in 1986. The same year she won the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis. Among others she also won the Alfred-Döblin-Preis and the Wilhelm-Raabe-Preis. Further titles are Kasper Mauser – Die Feigheit vorm Freund (1988), Verfrühte Tierliebe (1995), Die Letzten (2000), Die Enten, die Frauen und die Wahrheit (2003) and Böse Schafe (2007). Rights to her works have been sold to Argentina, Croatia, Czech, France, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Poland, Romania and Turkey. The author receives the Kleist-Award 2013.
Further titles by the author:
Drehtür (Revolving Door)
Kasper Mauser (Kasper Mauser)
Verfrühte Tierliebe (Premature Love of Animals)
Die Enten, die Frauen und die Wahrheit (The Ducks, the Women and the Truth)
Die Letzten (The Last Ones)
Das Problem als Katalysator (The Problem as Catalyst. Frankfurt Lectures on Poetics)