First day of sale: 26.02.2004
DER BIBLIOTHEKAR / THE LIBRARIAN
The story of an obessed love until death: Hans-Ulrich Kolbe is a librarian in his early fifties. For decades he had been hiding in his world of books, he already “smells out of the mouth of books”. Now he wants to change his life: He drifts through night clubs and finds Jelena, who has the same age as his daughter. The strawberry-blond striptease dancer realizes that at the age of 28 also her career will be heading to an end shortly. The two of them find each other – an amour fou based on contraries.
Judith Kuckart describes with rare intensity and authenticity how the two of them fall for each other - up to obsession- , but still remain lonely. The story of an impossible love.
Rights sold to:
Turkish (Epsilon), Versus Aureus (Lithuania)
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).