Adriana Altaras

The Jewish Prompter

Die jüdische Souffleuse

The Jewish Prompter

English sample translation available
#3 Best Books in December 2018 (ORF Bestseller List)

“Fate has a great sense of humor”

The first-person narrator of this novel is called Adriana Altaras and, with tragicomic charm, she describes the absurdities of daily life in the theater, an unexpected family reunion and why the Shoah, the tragedy of the 20th century, is at the epicenter of her work.

Adriana Altaras loves to direct operas. But there’s one thing she realizes again and again: In order to do so, you have to make sacrifices. Weeks spent stuck in the German boondocks, drowning homesickness in sweet-and-sour sauce at the local Chinese restaurant, memorizing 42 names and life stories within 24 hours, forbidding French kissing on stage and, if necessary, rescuing the stage manager from the fly floor.

During rehearsals for Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, the biggest challenge turns out to be the prompter, of all people. Susanne, known as Sissele, has read Adriana’s books and is convinced that she alone can help. For decades, Sissele has been searching, in vain, for her relatives, who were scattered to the four winds after World War II. Now she wants to make one final attempt – with the help of Adriana Altaras. Together they set off on an adventurous trip across Germany, the past and present intermingle, as do unforgettable stories of survival and those of later generations. A captivating and touching work of profound humanity.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05199-5
release: 04. October 2018
208 pages, gebunden mit SU


20,00 €
0,00 sFr
20,60 €
sample translation

About the Author

Adriana Altaras, born in Zagreb in 1960, moved to Italy in 1964 and later to Germany. She studied acting in Berlin and New York, appeared in movie and television productions and has worked as a theater and opera director since the 1990s. She has received numerous awards, including the German Film Award, the Theater Award of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Silver Bear for her acting. In 2012, she published the bestseller “Titos Brille” (“Tito’s Glasses”), which sold more than 200,000 copies. It was followed in 2014 by Doitscha – Eine jüdische Mutter packt aus (“Doitscha – A Jewish Mother Tells All”) and in 2017 by Das Meer und ich waren im besten Alter (“The Sea and I Were in Our Prime”). Adriana Altaras lives with her family in Berlin.