Inger-Maria Mahlke

Inger-Maria Mahlke

1977 in Hamburg. Studies in law and political science. Assistant to the FU Berlin´s chair of criminology. 2005 authors´ workshop with Herta Müller; 2008 authors´ workshop Edenkoben; 2009 LCB authors´ prose workshop. 2009 Open Mike winner. 2010 Klaus-Michael-Kuehne Award. Finalist at Ingeborg-Bachmann-Award 2012_Silberfischchen_ (Aufbau Verlag 2009); Rechnung offen (Berlin Verlag 2012).

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Rechnung offen
Berlin Verlag 2013

»Inger-Maria Mahlke is narrating as relentlessly as affectionately.« Thomas Hettche

Silverfish

Aufbau Verlag, 2010
HC, 199 pp.

»Of some debuts you don´t need to read more than one sentence to know that no matter what follows there´s no spoiling it anymore.«

Richard Kämmerlings, FAZ

Summary

Hermann Mildt used to be police officer before he went into early retirement for taking pictures of his dead wife in the garden. Rather involuntarily he lets Jana Potulski move in with him, she´s Polish, doesn´t have papers and is looking for a place to spend the night.

Why he´s getting involved with her he can´t tell. She lets him touch her breasts, in the evenings, in the bathroom.

After three days she runs away. First he goes looking for her, the he waits for her, eventually he runs into her in the streets. After she returns to his appartment, it´s all haywire.

Reviews

“Mahlke´s short, concentrated novel is comical and at the same time touching.”
Deutschlandradio

“Mahlke has written a sad, bitter intimate play, with moments of loriot-like humour.”
Kultur Spiegel

»Of some debuts you don´t need to read more than one sentence to know that no matter what follows there´s no spoiling it anymore.«

Richard Kämmerlings, FAZ

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