208 pages, Gebunden mit Lesebändchen
First day of sale: 17.02.2022
CAFÉ DER UNSICHTBAREN /
CAFÉ OF THE INVISIBLES
A Novel, ca. 200 pages, Spring 2022
A novel about the power of telling and listening
“Judith Kuckart has written a metaphysical novel. [...] The experienced writer […] has subtly linked the sublime with the everyday.”
Hubert Winkels, DIE ZEIT
“Judith Kuckart is a master at weaving truths beneath the surface and telling of weak moments and of weak people with great warmth.”
“Judith Kuckart has that rare gift of being able to capture complex truths in a stunningly simple way. Her descriptions of the night shifts are delightfully languorous, interspersed with moments of light and clarity, making the night seem more real than the day. The German cultural setting, and Berlin specifically, are important in the book’s appeal; at the same time, the depiction of loneliness is universal, and the settings are domestic and relatable.”
NEW BOOKS IN GERMAN Autumn 2022
The worst catastrophes take on a meaning when they are told
Seven very different people sit at the phones of the telephone counselling service. Rieke is studying theology and prepares for pastoral care in her night shifts. Wanda is a collection manager in a GDR museum and the only one who suspects early on that the majority of the callers will be poor, elderly and East German. No one but her is so well prepared for the yesterday that won't stop talking in the today. Not even Matthias, although he knows how present the past can be: His father let himself roll in front of a train on a Saturday afternoon long ago. For Matthias, life since then has been a puzzling task whose solution he hopes to find through the beautiful Emilia. The retired radio editor Niedlich, unhappy Marianne and the 80-year-old narrator von Schrey complete the group.
All seven learn that listening, more than giving advice, can soothe the hopelessness of a sleepless night. They learn that their own life experience also becomes more worldly in the process. The conversations with a paedophile fleeing from his addiction, with a woman threatened with homelessness and many who can no longer sleep or feel tell of worlds they do not know but share in listening.
The biographies of the listeners touch those of the invisible, who hardly anyone sees in a success-oriented society, not even on the street. A filigree web emerges that fishes lives as unspectacular as they are tragic out of the darkness of untold stories. Every situation has a story that you have to know in order to understand the whys and wherefores. Every moment has its biography, and every biography its riddles.
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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).