© Julia Baier
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.
Featured novel: Das Glück der Zikaden (The Song of the Cicadas)
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.
Please see below for sample translation
© Lyn Marven, 2011.