176 pages, Gebunden mit farbigem Vorsatz und Lesebändchen
First day of sale: 19.07.2022
Kummer aller Art / Sorrow of All Kinds
Fiction, ca. 128 pages
Not a big, new novel, but a little book about sorrow that puts you in a surprisingly good mood by bestselling author Mariana Leky
"How small is that with which we wrestle, what wrestles with us, how great is that." Rainer Maria Rilke
"I have rarely encountered a book in which such an empathetic, sad, life-wise feeling resonated between the lines.“Benedict Wells on Was man von hier aus sehen kann
Warm-Hearted, Clever, Subtle, Comforting, Delightful
"Everyone seemed squeaky clean on the inside, only on the inside of us it looked like Hempel's under the sofa," kiosk owner Armin thinks to himself as he tries in vain to meditate successfully. And there is also disorder inside the other characters in these literary columns: Mrs. Wiese can no longer sleep, Mr. Pohl is permanently despondent, Lisa has her first lovesickness, Vadim's hands are trembling, Mrs. Schwerter urgently needs to relax, a sad patient has lost his flock and psychoanalyst Ulrich is messing with transience.
Grief of all kinds plagues the people who manoeuvre through everyday life, sometimes better, sometimes worse. But sorrow also unites them, for example when problems are not solved on walks, but at least come out into the open and into the light.
Clever, humorous and with a great sense of subtlety and absurdity, Mariana Leky portrays the situations of people who do not lack trustworthiness, but rather the courage to realise that, fortunately, one cannot permanently avoid life.
Rights sold to: Prostor (Czech); Dardanos Gutenberg (Greek)
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.