Mariana Leky was born in Cologne in 1973 and currently makes her home in Berlin. After training as a bookseller, she studied cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim. DuMont Buchverlag published a set of short stories Liebesperlen /Pearls of Love (2001), as well as the novels Erste Hilfe/ First Aid (2004), Die Herrenausstatterin/The Gentlemen’s Tailor (2010), Bis der Arzt kommt/Until the Doctor Comes. Stories from the Office Hours (2013) and Was man von hier aus sehen kann / What We Can See From Here (2017). In 2000, she has won the Allegra Prize for her first set of short stories. She was honored with the Lower Saxony Literary Advancement Award and a grant from the State of Bavaria for her short story collection, Pearls of Love. In 2005, she was awarded the Advancement Prize for Young Artists, in the category Poetry/Writing, from the State of North Rhine-Westfalia for her novel First Aid.
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