First day of sale: 27.02.2002
LENAS LIEBE / LENA’S LOVE
"If you leave me one day, I'll come with".
Lena was an actress, until she returned to her small town following the death of her mother. It was as if she was at the end of her life though she was in the middle of it. She met her former lover Ludwig again, he was a priest, until he "opted for reality over truth". Lena knows: "What used to be, can never be again". She is looking for a sense in her life and for her feelings for Ludwig.
Lena rents a room with Dahlmann, he was the love of her mother's life, although he was only to become the best man at her wedding. Dahlmann has a secret. Following his past, Lena goes to Auschwitz and discovers a small town in the country.
"Whoever tells, has a question". Judith Kuckart tells the touching story of a self-willed woman. The deeper one bores into the web of her life the more questions that surface, even the answers fall into a state between reality and desire: why is every perception a recognition? Why are memories of a love stronger than the love itself? Why is it that life fits as poorly as the wrong piece of clothing sometimes?
A novel about the absence of consolation and the uncertainty of love: "Always longing for the moments that never were".
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).