Einladung an die Waghalsigen

Dorothee Elmiger

Einladung an die Waghalsigen


144 pages
First day of sale: 02.07.2010
ISBN 978-3-8321-9612-7

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A Novel, 140 pp., Autumn 2010

Winner of the Kelag-Prize at the
Ingeborg Bachmann Festival 2010
Aspekte Literature Prize 2010
Rauriser Literaturpreis 2011

Our Debut of the Year:
Brilliant, Forceful, Original

“Dorothee Elmiger’s debut reveals a powerful, unconventional talent who coura-geously pursues her own path. Her impressive imagination and playful joy in experi-menting with language add up to a poetic potential that makes one look forward to her future development.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

“The book is not only daring, it is bold and poetic, clever in a literary fashion and puz-zling without being pretentious... This book is not just a novel about two sisters and it is also not just the story of a self-extinguishing landscape: The language itself is the novel and the adventure of this narrative that deals with the melancholy of emptiness and disappearance.” 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 inheritance consists of nothing more than a deserted area where desolation reigns. Earlier occurrences are only handed down fragmentarily. But the two sisters cannot simply accept things as they are. They resolutely set off on an expedition to explore their own origins because only those who are 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!”

Croatian, Czech, English, French, Italian, Slovene, Spanish sample translation available

Rights sold to: Gladiator (Danish); Seagull Books (English World); Editions d’en bas (French); Kabusa (Swedish); Bokvennen (Norwegian); Delidolu (Turkish);

Dorothee Elmiger

Dorothee Elmiger, born in 1985, lives and works in Zurich. Her debut novel ›Einladung an die Waghalsigen‹ was published by DuMont in 2010, her novel ›Schlafgänger‹ followed in 2014. Her work has been translated into several languages and was adapted for the stage. Dorothee Elmiger was awarded numerous prizes, amongst others with the Aspekte Literature Prize for the best literary debut, the Rauriser Literaturpreis, a one-year grant of the city of Zurich, the Erich Fried-Preis, the Schweizer Literaturpreis, the Conrad-Ferdinand-Meyer-Preis and the Max Frisch-Förderpreis.