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#9 on SWR List of Best Books in February 2018
Longlisted for the German Book Prize 2018
The protagonist of the bestsellers Das Mädchen (“The Girl”) and April in her most intense – and most destructive – relationship yet: her marriage
At a reading, April meets her future husband Ludwig, a surgeon from Hamburg. It’s not sympa-thy that brings them together but another form of attraction: intensity. A fateful encounter as he is destined to become the man of her life – and she the woman of his. For better and for worse.
Angelika Klüssendorf tells of how love is born between two radical loners, both of whom are trying, in their own way, to become social creatures and to find themselves. It is a story of the willingness to open up, about passionate togetherness, but also about the inexorable centrifugal forces that drive the couple apart. Without ever taking sides or denouncing its characters, Jahre später maps out the anatomy of a toxic partnership. As a reader, you keep wishing until the very end that things will work out for the two of them and, at the same time, that they will finally call it quits. Trenchant prose that doesn’t leave you untouched for even a moment.
“Bursting with life and sad at once, unsentimental and precise, extremely laconic: a masterpiece” – Jury for the German Book Prize 2014 on Angelika Klüssendorf’s novel April
release: 29. January 2018
160 pages, gebunden mit SU
- 17,00 €
- 0,00 sFr
- 17,50 €
Finland: LURRA Editions
About the Author
Angelika Klüssendorf, born in Ahrensburg in 1958, lives near Berlin. Her books include among others the story collection Sehnsüchte (“Aspirations”) and Anfall von Glück (“A Bout of Luck”), the novel Alle leben so (“They All Live Like This”), the story collections Aus allen Himmeln (“Stunned”) and Amateure (“Amateurs”). For her novels Das Mädchen (“The Girl”) and April she received the Hermann Hesse Literature Prize in 2014, and both titles were shortlisted for the German Book Prize. Klüssendorf also received the Grand Prix de l´Héroine 2015 (French Audience Award by `Madame Figaro´) for Das Mädchen.
Her works have been translated into Chinese, Czech, Danish, French, Italian, Korean, Swedish and Norwegian.