First day of sale: 26.02.2004
ERSTE HILFE / FIRST AID
"This prose captures you like the stories of a close friend, whom you like to listen to full of sym-pathy". Der Spiegel on Liebesperlen
Three who took off to forget all about fear: The heroes in Mariana Leky’s novel First Aid have to hold together - otherwise they would get lost.
Life plunges - turbulent, unpredictable and confusing. The narrator jobs in a zoo-shop and picks the feathers off her sweater every evening, her flat-mate Sylvester is a heart throb, who is kept busy by having himself denied to his numerous admirers. One evening Mathilda knocks at their door, to find together with the world’s biggest dog refuge from the world.
Mathilda has a problem: she is frightened. Trying to cross the street, she is caught by panic at-tacks. She fears to suddenly go mad in the middle of the street. This trio, held together by sympa-thy and need, sets off to fight the monster Angst.
Mariana Leky manages to let the modern fight against the windmills of panic sound like a film comedy: a tragic-comical novel on phobias and other distress. Only who challenges the fear, overcomes it.
Mariana Leky was born in Cologne in 1973 and currently makes her home in Berlin. After training as a bookseller, she studied cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim. DuMont Buchverlag published a set of short stories Liebesperlen /Pearls of Love (2001), as well as the novels Erste Hilfe/ First Aid (2004), Die Herrenausstatterin/The Gentlemen’s Tailor (2010), Bis der Arzt kommt/Until the Doctor Comes. Stories from the Office Hours (2013) and Was man von hier aus sehen kann / What We Can See From Here (2017). In 2000, she has won the Allegra Prize for her first set of short stories. She was honored with the Lower Saxony Literary Advancement Award and a grant from the State of Bavaria for her short story collection, Pearls of Love. In 2005, she was awarded the Advancement Prize for Young Artists, in the category Poetry/Writing, from the State of North Rhine-Westfalia for her novel First Aid.