First day of sale: 25.02.2004
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 studied cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim after an apprenticeship in the book trade. She lives in Berlin and Cologne. DuMont published the short story collection 'Liebesperlen' (2001), the novels 'Erste Hilfe' (2004), 'Die Herrenausstatterin' (2010) and 'Bis der Arzt kommt. (2013). In 2017, she published the Spiegel bestseller novel 'Was man von hier aus sehen kann' (What you can see from here), which has been translated into over twenty languages and is being filmed for the cinema.