© Henry Mex
Inka Parei, born in Frankfurt am Main in
1967, lives in Berlin.
Featured novel: Die Kältezentrale (The Cooling Station)
Berlin, 2006: a man who worked as a mechanic for the East German party newspaper Neues Deutschland during the 1980s and later left the GDR receives a call from his ex-wife, Martha. She’s in a hospital, waiting for an exact diagnosis of her cancer. In an attempt to help her, the man has returned to Berlin to try and reconstruct the events of several crucial days that took place in early May 1986. Was a Ukrainian truck that Martha came into contact with contaminated with radiation? Why does the death of a former colleague, for which he has blamed himself for many years, suddenly appear dubious? The narrator soon begins to lose control of his life and drifts into a desperate search for direction, triggered by a rupture in his past with which he has never come to terms.
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© Katy Derbyshire, 2011.