Katja Lange-Müller

Premature Love of Animals

Verfrühte Tierliebe

Premature Love of Animals

Kleist Prize 2013
Günter Grass Prize – From Authors to Authors, 2017

At first glance, in the two parts of her new book, Katja Lange-Müller recounts two curious incidents from one woman’s childhood and youth: In eighth grade, the dismal school-day routine is interrupted by the appearance of a man who introduces the pupils to a collection of dead and living reptiles in the auditorium. Years later, the young woman strolls through a newly opened department store and ends up as a prisoner of a dubious department-store detective in the basement. Yet what makes Katja Lange-Müller’s book a work of art is what develops out of these incidents, and in particular how she recounts them: with tremendously close observation to detail, disarming humor and an incredibly complex linguistic style.
“Verfrühte Tierliebe” is a book about the loneliness of growing up, the agonizing reality of the body in human coexistence, power and impotence between men and women. Last but not least, it is a book about a country that ceased to exist in 1989.


ISBN: 978-3-462-02445-6
release: 30. November -0001
144 pages, Leinen


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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.

Further titles by the author:
Böse Schafe (Angry Sheep)
Kasper Mauser (Kasper Mauser)
Drehtür (Revolving Door)
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)