Kaiserstraße

Judith Kuckart

Kaiserstraße

Roman

317 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-7956-4

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JUDITH KUCKART
KAISERSTRASSE

As Leo Böwe walks through the Kaiserstraße in Frankfurt in late autumn 1957 he hears about the murder of the high-class prostitute Rosemarie Nitribitt. The name becomes firmly fixed in his mind as the name of a lover he has never met. Böwe is about to start a job as sales representative for washing machines and learns the rules of the business: “Selling starts when the customer says no.”
Ten years later: Böwe has a daughter called Jule. They don’t really get on well with each other. When Jule sees Benno Ohnesorg shot and killed on television she decides: “Daddy, when I’m grown-up, I will shoot you as well.”

Five decades long Judith Kuckart’s great novel accompanies the life of Leo and Jule Böwe. Kaiserstraße is a photo album in words, in five stages it follows the development of the two contrary protagonists and at the same time it marks five turning points in the history of the Republic of Germany: 1957, 1967, 1977, 1989, 1999. And as the country changes its inhabitants change as well. It is a fragile career – because you can sell a lot of things, washing machines as well as ideas, values and politics. In the end you can even sell yourself.

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Judith Kuckart

Judith Kuckart, geboren 1959 in Schwelm (Westfalen), lebt als Autorin und Regisseurin in Berlin und Zürich. Sie veröffentlichte bei DuMont den Roman ›Lenas Liebe‹ (2002), der 2012 verfilmt wurde, den Erzählband ›Die Autorenwitwe‹ (2003), die Neuausgabe ihres Romans ›Der Bibliothekar‹ (2004) sowie die Romane ›Kaiserstraße‹ (2006), ›Die Verdächtige‹ (2008), ›Wünsche‹ (2013) und ›Dass man durch Belgien muss auf dem Weg zum Glück‹ (2015). Judith Kuckart wurde mit zahlreichen Literaturpreisen und Stipendien ausgezeichnet.