Einladung an die Waghalsigen
[Invitation to the Reckless]
A Novel, 144 pp.
Winner of the Kelag Prize at the Ingeborg Bachmann Festival 2010
Winner of the Aspekte Literature Prize 2010
Our Debut of the Year: Brilliant, Forceful, Original
“Dorothee Elmiger’s debut reveals a powerful, unconventional talent who courageously pursues her own path." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“The book is not only daring, it is bold and poetic, clever in a literary fashion and puzzling without being pretentious.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Decades ago, a fire broke out in the tunnels of a coalfield – and the flames are still burning underground. Margarete and Fritzi are the sole remaining youths in a disappearing city. Their sole inheritance is a deserted area where desolation reigns. Earlier occurrences are only handed down fragmentarily. But the two sisters cannot just accept things as they are. They resolutely set off on an expedition to explore their own origins because only those who aware of their own history can construct a hopeful future… A new life first becomes conceivable when they discover a long-forgotten river. There is at last an occasion to send out invitations to a large party: “Come on your bicycles! Come on your white horses!”
Dorothee Elmiger was born in Wetzikon, Switzerland, in 1985 and grew up in Appenzell. She studied creative writing at the Schweizerisches Literaturinstitut in Biel and spent a semester abroad at the Deutsches Literaturinstitut Leipzig. She is presently studying political science in Berlin. She had a grant from the Literaturkurs Klagenfurt in 2009 and is participating in the competition for the 2010 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
Croatian, Czech, English, French, Italian, Slovene, Spanish sample translation available
Rights sold to: Seagull Books (English World); Editions d'en bas (French); Kabusa (Swedish), DeliDolu (Turkish); Bokvennen (Norvegian);
Dorothee Elmiger, geboren 1985, lebt und arbeitet zurzeit in der Schweiz. Ihr Roman ›Einladung an die Waghalsigen‹ (DuMont 2010) wurde für den Schweizer Buchpreis 2010 nominiert und mit dem aspekte-Literaturpreis für das beste deutschsprachige Prosadebüt ausgezeichnet. Im Jahr 2011 erhielt sie den Rauriser Literaturpreis.