- date of publication: 19.09.2000
- 184 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-19910-1
- Deutschland: 17,90 €
- Österreich: 18,40 €
"The first word I heard in Prenzlau was – 'Gypsy!'" In the mid-1970s, Anna, a young Jewish woman in East Berlin, abandons her hometown to work as a producer at a provincial theatre, leaving behind her friends, her mother, her lover Leon, her whole existence. Until now life has revolved around Berlin's bohemia, an artist's life of conformity and cautious rebellion, tiptoeing around the perimeter of the official, Socialist reality. The only links with the past are the letters she pens in the evening, after a long day's work. Letters reflecting on the theatre, life in Berlin, family history and, above all, the complicated love affairs within a small circle of people who regard themselves as special and, at the same time, are victims of their isolation. From Jerusalem and Moscow, unknown winds swirl around this province, which proves anything but idyllic.
Barbara Honigmann's epistolary novel brings to life a period that may seem a remote past, a world full of atmosphere and character, conveyed without a trace of sentimentality.
"The writings of Barbara Honigmann are like invitations: The reader enters a private room and is guided by the host who remains reserved but strikes a very personal and unmistakable note from the start." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)
"Like Reinhard Lettau, she is a lyricist among novelists. She steers clear of embellishment and still creates a poetic atmosphere. She writes about herself but always keeps her distance.
She is Jewish. She is German. She lives in France. This is the tension that informs her writing. She has not chosen her "subject". On the contrary, she is possessed by it." (Die Zeit)
France (Editions Liana Levi), Italy (Marsilio)