Kathrin Schmidt

Let Bygones be Bygones

Finito. Schwamm drüber

Let Bygones be Bygones

German Book Prize 2009 for "Du stirbst nicht”

Kathrin Schmidt attracted a wide readership with “Du stirbst nicht”, her award-winning novel about the process of recovering from a brain haemorrhage. “Blinde Bienen”, the volume of poetry that followed, won her critical acclaim, and with “Finito. Schwamm drüber” she publishes her first collection of short stories.

And these, too, are of a unique quality and impressive variety in terms of tone, topic and perspective. They span the period from the era of divided Germany to the present day, describe families and single person households, portray strong women at weak moments and men who were never as strong as they liked to think.

Kathrin Schmidt, a masterful story-teller, demonstrates the scope of her narrative skills and shows how close these allow her to get to her characters. The epic writer, who captivates readers with her evocative language and often long, artfully crafted sentences, has become a master of brevity. The reader immediately relates to every scene, mood and conflict and is carried along away with it.



ISBN: 978-3-462-04317-4
release: 14. March 2011
240 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Kathrin Schmidt, born in Gotha in 1958, has worked as a psychologist, editor and social scientist. She has received numerous awards, including the 1993 Leonce and Lena Prize. Her novel Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition, published in 1998, was awarded the Heimito von Doderer Advancement Award and the 1998 Province of Carinthia Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition. In 2009, she received the SWR Top Ten List award and the German Book Prize for her novel Du stirbst nicht (You’re Not Going To Die). In 2016 she was nominated for the Wilhelm Raabe Prize and was awarded the Christine Lavant Prize. She lives in Berlin. Her work was translated into numerous languages.

Further titles by the author:
Go-In der Belladonnen (Go-In of the Belladonnas)
Kapoks Schwestern (Kapok’s Sisters)
Königs Kinder (King’s Childrend)
Blinde Bienen (Blind Bees)
Seebachs schwarze Katzen (Seebach’s Black Cats)
Die Gunnar-Lennefsen-Expedition (The Gunnar Lennefsen Expedition)
Du stirbst nicht (You’re Not Going to Die)
waschplatz der kühlen Dinge (laundry room of cold things)