Kathrin Schmidt

Seebach's Black Cats

Seebachs schwarze Katzen

Seebach's Black Cats

Bert Willer intends to surprise his son David. He has booked a trip to Teneriffa. Since his wife Lou unexpectedly died, father and son rely on each other. However, David has become increasingly withdrawn and Bert hopes the trip and the shared experiences will help them to get closer again. Shortly before leaving for their vacation, David finds files that are directly related to his father´s past. He conceives that his father was a member of the East-German Staatssicherheit (Stasi) with a distinctive mission: The files list several women whose lives Bert Willer tried to enter to obtain intimate information. David makes inquiries and confronts his father with the newly acquired knowledge. He does not realize that his father is haunted by the ghosts of his past anyway. Especially the memory of a woman named Bejla who was his lover for many years still disturbs him. Things get even more inscrutable when a couple, whose life is linked to theirs in a mysterious and disturbing way, shows up.

Kathrin Schmidt´s story features a puzzling family destiny – appearing almost criminalistic. With sensual and overbording realism, she shows where betrayal of trust might lead to. She vividly pictures the past´s powerful influence on a present life.


Novel

Kiepenheuer&Witsch

ISBN: 978-3-462-03612-1
release: 19. August 2005
288 pages, gebunden mit SU
Available

Price

Germany
18,90 €
Switzerland
0,00 sFr
Austria
19,50 €

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)
Finito. Schwamm drüber (Let Bygones Be Bygones)
Blinde Bienen (Blind Bees)
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)