Larissa Boehning

© Julia Baier
© Julia Baier

Larissa Boehning, born in 1971, grew up in Hamburg and has lived in Spain and Berlin. She works as a graphic designer, lecturer and freelance writer. She was awarded the Literaturpreis Prenzlauer Berg (2002) for the story ‘Schwalbensommer’ from a previous collection. Her debut novel Lichte Stoffe was longlisted for the German Book Prize in 2007 and earned her the Kulturpreis der Stadt Pinneberg and Mara Cassens Prize for the best debut novel of the year.

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Nadja and Anton are forced to leave their Russian home in the late 1930s due to hostility towards German-Russian families such as theirs. Nadja hides her Russian identity during the war, but after her death their daughter Senta finds a picture of Stalin hidden in the piano. Born in Germany, Senta, despite the large family she creates with Michael, cannot forget Gregor, the father of her first child, who left her for socialist East Germany. Katarina, daughter of Senta and Gregor, finds out about her biological father only after Michael’s death. She sets out in search of Gregor, but underway becomes waylaid by a con man who is after her inheritance. Larissa Boehning’s novel is a tale of escape and exile, ideological hopes and failed reconciliations.


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© Lyn Marven, 2011.

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Dec 2, 2011, 7:42 AM