First day of sale: 25.02.2003
DIE AUTORENWITWE/ THE AUTHOR’S WIDOWS
Six stories, six fates, six people. After her critically acclaimed novel Lenas Liebe (Lena's Love) Judith Kuckart presents her first volume of stories. They begin "to observe their lives, the way one observes a long rainy day with one's elbows on the window sill". There is the lady with the big dog who takes a job in her husband's place as city chronicler in the provincial East, only to find her own emptiness. Then there is the teacher, who after the death of his wife, meets a young student and can't get her out of his mind. And there is the woman who waters other people's plants and discovers horrifying secrets.
Judith Kuckart's stories epitomize "persistent helplessness". In sentences that get under your skin, she goes in search of the human soul. Judith Kuckart forms everyday meetings into claustrophobic comprehensible stories, whether she describes the quick erotic experiences of a publishing house salesman and his book dealer or the vacillation of a woman between her young lover and the man who left her.
Judith Kuckart, born in 1959 in Schwelm, Westphalia, lives and works as a writer and director in Berlin. In 2002, her novel ‘Lenas Liebe’ (Lena’s Love) was published by DuMont and made into a film in 2012. DuMont also published her short story collection ‘Die Autorenwitwe’ (The Author’s Widow), 2003, the reprint of her novel ‘Der Bibliothekar’ (The Librarian), 2004, and her novels ‘Kaiserstraße’ (2006), ‘Die Verdächtige’ (The Suspect), ‘Wünsche’ (Wishes), 2013, longlisted by the German Book Prize, ‘Dass man durch Belgien muss auf dem Weg zum Glück’ (That you need to cross Belgium to find happiness), 2015 and ‘Kein Sturm, nur Wetter‘ (No Storm, Only Wather). 2019. Judith Kuckart has won many literary prizes, including the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Preis (2012).