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Schäfchen im Trockenen
Anke Stelling
27.10.
Roter Salon

Literature
In German

Presented by: Jörg Sundermeier

Resi should have known that a sublease agreement between friends is not the most stable housing situation, since only a debt paid is a kept friend. In the case of Resi’s old clique, friendship has become so fragile that Frank has decided to rearrange, leases included. Resi could have known that come the time for the foundation of families – at the latest –, those entitled to an inheritance would head towards seclusion and their own homes and that she would be left struggling to keep up. But Resi didn’t know. In the eighties, it was said that all people are the same and that hard work and understanding would allow them to live together justly in the future. The failure of the parents in this respect had to be concealed, so there were only three stories about her mother’s life and not more than one sentence in their diary. Resi is sufficiently angry about this. And determined to enlighten her children, whether they want to hear it or not. She talks about herself, about the past, about the temptation of an alternative life and about her day to day in her marriage and as a parent. And she also speaks about what it is to be a narrator, and to go against inward shame and outward judgement, in becoming the protagonist in one’s own story.

Anke Stelling was born in 1971 and grew up in Stuttgart. From 1997 onwards she completed a degree at the German Institute of Literature in Leipzig which she completed with the institute’s diploma. In 2015, her novel “Bodentiefe Fenster” was nominated for the German book prize. Stelling is mother of three and lives in Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg.

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