Wünsche

Judith Kuckart

Wünsche

Roman

304 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-9705-6

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JUDITH KUCKART
WÜNSCHE / WISHES
A novel
About 350 pages
Spring 2013

SWR Bestenliste May 2013
Longlist for the German Book Prize 2013

“A master in the dissection of disturbing emotions.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on “Die Verdächtige”

„Judith Kuckart’s text is certainly not a ready-made, as aren’t the dresses on sale in departmentstore Wünsche. The pattern is elaborate. The reading a treat.” –
Hajo Steinert in die Welt

„With an almost cool matter-of-factness Judith Kuckart’s novel is asking if happiness lies in leaving or in returning.“ Osnabrücker Zeitung

Escape to a new life – what would you wish for?

New Year’s Eve in a small town: Vera goes swimming. It is her 46th birthday. Like every year, her husband, her son and her friends are waiting at home to celebrate with her. At the pool she finds the passport of another woman and runs off. To London, where she hopes for more from life than her previous existence could offer.
That same day Friedrich Wünsche celebrates the reopening of the only department store in town. He inherited it and has many dreams for the future. What would be a better place for utopias than the Wünsche House?
When Vera returns, she is one grand illusion lighter – just like all the guests at the birthday party who were worried about her all New Year’s Eve.
After a long break, Judith Kuckart has written her great novel: human, truthful and oppressively beautiful.

Judith Kuckart, born 1959 in Schwelm (Westphalia), has lived since her studies of literature and the dramatic arts as well as dance training as an author and director in Zurich and Berlin.
Aside from plays, she has published the novels Wahl der Waffen (1990), Die schöne Frau (1994) and, at DuMont Buchverlag, the novel Lenas Liebe (2002), the anthology Die Autorenwitwe (2003), the new edition of her novel Der Bibliothekar (2004), Kaiserstraße (2006) as well as the novel Die Verdächtige (2008). Among other prizes, Judith Kuckart has received the Rauriser Literaturpreis, the Villa Massimo stipend, the Deutsche Kritikerpreis and in 2012 Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Prize.

English sample translation available!

The press on Judith Kuckart’s novel Wünsche

“Judith Kuckart explores what our dreams about a new beginning are really good for. It is a great adventure for everyone who likes running away in one’s mind.” - Brigitte

“The author lends the characters her sparse, highly-charged language, her merciless power of observation and her sense for the consonance of the large and small.”
Jenny Erpenbeck in Buchreport

“You really have to admire Judith Kuckart for trusting herself to set a novel in a middle class wasteland. But she can describe this world in delicately evil sentences… (and) constructed her novel cleverly … She easily succeeds in leading the general theme, the great female question “How do I look” through the whole book.” - Der Spiegel

“Judith Kuckart is a likeably reserved storyteller whose reduced gestures fit in all too well with the tranquillity and occasionally turbid atmosphere of a small city (without causing the tone to become gloomy.) … A novel like a never-ending New Year’s morning.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“Judith Kuckart’s weaves her novel from melancholy material – essentially about the inevitability of growing older and death – but it is accompanied by a fleet-footed rhythm. She shapes a kind of marionette dance from the divergences of life in which her characters constantly move toward and away from each other, touch and yet miss each other. The author blatantly and pleasurably draws the strings, arranges settings, places images, tests outlooks.” – Neue Zürcher Zeitung

“A few dreams still fly high, other have burst long ago, and all of this in a small German town. Can that be exciting? Of course, when everything is as cleverly composed as in Judith Kuckart’s book... her springy, bold language holds everything together.” - Stern

“Seemingly as light as feather, the author slips into the skin of all these characters. She can say important things very quietly, express the emotional en passant in the language of delicate implacability... Kuckart is a trained dancer and her prose also exudes a graceful force. With random virtuosity she swirls up the past and present, tristesse and euphoria. And in the process she avoids all the clichés pertaining to life’s crises and the banalities of how-to books. The characters are not wooden assertions; they are alive.” – Kölnische Rundschau

“Judith Kuckart writes about dreams, desires and wishes ... she meticulously scans with her language the surfaces of life, generating urgent and fresh images.” – Kölner Stadtanzeiger

“With all the necessary seriousness and fleet-footed succinctness she writes about a woman who forgot what is really important in life. It is a novel full of worldly wisdom that makes one addicted when reading.” - Emotion

“Like in an anthology film, Kuckart narrates the reality of her ensemble of characters. She jumps back and forth, creates simultaneities and tightens scenes... The episodes are imbued with a gentle melancholy, the consciousness that life’s options become bundled the older one gets.” – Brigitte Woman

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) und ›Die Verdächtige‹ (2008). Ihr Roman ›Wünsche‹ (2013) stand auf der Longlist des Deutschen Buchpreises. Judith Kuckart wurde mit zahlreichen Literaturpreisen ausgezeichnet, u. a. mit dem Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Preis (2012). Auszeichnungen (Auswahl) Margarete-Schrader-Preis für Literatur der Universität Paderborn, 2006 (Laudatio von Norbert Otto Eke) Deutscher Kritikerpreis, 2004 Deutsche Akademie, Villa Massimo, Rom, 1997/1998 Weitere Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl) Der Bibliothekar. Roman. Gatza bei Eichborn, 1998 Die schöne Frau. Roman. S. Fischer, 1994 Wahl der Waffen. Roman. S. Fischer, 1990 Im Spiegel der Bäche finde ich mein Bild nicht mehr. Gratwanderung einer anderen Ästhetik der Dichterin Else Lasker-Schüler. Essays. S. Fischer 1985 Beiträge in Anthologien (Auswahl) Hundetagebuch. In: Geschichten für Kinder. Hrsg. Rufus Beck, Rowohlt Berlin, 2006 Was habe ich eigentlich? In: Es schneit in meinem Kopf. Erzählungen über Alzheimer und Demenz. Hrsg. Klara Obermüller, Nagel & Kimche, Zürich 2006 Theaterstücke Blaubart wartet. Ein Stück für sechs Zimmer, fünf Frauen und einen Opernsänger S. Fischer Verlag Theater & Medien. Uraufführung im Rahmen der Berliner Festspiele im Hotel Bogota, Berlin 2002 Melancholie 1 oder die zwei Schwestern S. Fischer Verlag Theater & Medien. Uraufführung Berlin Ensemble 1996 Last Minute Fräulein Dagny S. Fischer Verlag Theater & Medien. Uraufführung Freie Kammerspiele Magdeburg/LTT Tübingen 1995 Hörspiele Krimisommer mit Kommissar Maigret SFB-ORB/MDR/SWR/steinbach sprechende bücher, 2003 Mit: Christian Berkel, Friedhelm Ptok, Christian Brückner u.a. Funkeinrichtung und Regie für neun Kriminalromane von Georges Simenon Sätze mit Datum Hörspiel SWR, 2000 Mit: Anne Tismer Regie: Hans Gerd Krogmann Melancholie 1 oder die zwei Schwestern Hörspiel nach dem gleichnamigen Theaterstück. SFB/ORB 1998 Mit: Werner Wölbern, Corinna Kirchhoff, Jenny Gröllmann, Gisela Uhlen, Irm Hermann, u.a. Regie: Barbara Plensat Stimmen unterwegs oder Wer dreimal die gleiche Bar betritt hat ein Zuhause im Stehen Hörspiel SWR 2 2008 Mit: Astrid Meyerfeld Regie: Ulrich Lampen