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Elke Heidenreich

"Oh, you shouldn't have!", was mother's invariable comment upon receiving her birthday and Christmas presents. Now, after her death, her only daughter finds all the expensive scarves and creams in a cupboard, unused. And she finds more. In a box, diligently hidden, she discovers photos that show her mother with the love of her life: a woman.

Elke Heidenreich's stories attempt to stop the breakneck speed of time at least for a moment. The futility of the effort results in either in an elegiac mood – or in a healthy dose of irony. It is the events that stand out from the treadmill of everyday life that fire Elke Heidenreich's imagination. Such as the train ride during which a woman recalls her first love affair. She disembarks, searches for the man, finds him and repeats their first night together.

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