Paula Köhlmeier

On the beginning of relationships, vague hopes, and unfathomable connections: the posthumous prose of Paula Köhlmeier.

?Maramba is a feeling?, it says in the story that gives Paula Köhlmeier?s posthumously- published volume its title. ?A feeling that cannot be explained and which only he can perceive. According to him. She is going home, jumping over a footpath. She asks herself whether Maramba means something good. At home she looks the word up in a dictionary. It does not exist, and turns into a spell for her." People who hear the magic of words and approach each other in the vague hope of finding themselves; beginning relationships, fleeting, unfulfilled and open-ended; unfathomable connections and fantastic dreams: these are the topics of the almost 50 prose pieces collected here. They demonstrate the breathtaking talent of a young writer whose death could not have been more tragic: 21-year-old Paula Köhlmeier was killed on a mountain trip in 2003. Before her death she had compiled this collection of stories. ?The unity of a novel did not correspond with her attitude to life?, her parents write in the afterword to a collection that touches our minds and hearts from the first sentence.

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