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Photo: Emanuela Danielewicz

Marina Frenk: ewig her und gar nicht wahr
Book release
Roter Salon

In German

Music: Yuriy Gurzhy, Daniel Kahn, Svetlana Kundish

A young artist named Kira lives with Marc and their son Karl in Berlin. She teaches painting classes for children, hasn't exhibited in ages, painted in ages – and she's having doubts. Her relationship with Marc lacks communication and passion. Her slightly mad friend Nele asks some questions, understands a great deal and likes to laugh, while Kira believes that she can see the future and invent the past. She came to Germany from Moldova with her parents in the 90s, but no one in her Russian-Jewish family has ever really arrived anywhere. Now Kira regards not only her own life with cynicism and at a distance but also that of her ancestors, who she partially only knows from photos. She travels to New York, Israel and Moldova, tries to understand their stories and process them into her large-scale pictures. Marina Frenk finds a fresh, highly visual and very physical language. Her impressive, finely constructed debut is a book about family and roots, about parenthood and being someone's child. It's an artist novel for today and, above all, a novel about love.

Marina Frenk was born in Moldova in 1986 and has been living in Germany since 1993. She is an actress and musician, working at theatres such as the Schauspiel Köln, Maxim Gorki Theatre and Schauspielhaus Bochum. In 2016 she received, together with Sibylle Berg, the 65th Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden award for the radio play Und jetzt: die Welt!. Her radio play Jenseits der Kastanien was honoured with the 2017 European CIVIS Radio Prize.

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