First day of sale: 06.09.2001
Liebesperlen - Love Perls
Stories, 108 pages
“This prose captures you like the stories of a close friend, whom you like to listen to full of sympathy. “ – Der Spiegel
“It entertains, it comforts and helps to endure the world better.” – Brigitte
Penetrating, turbulent, charming: Mariana Leky’s young narrator takes a sharp look at life.
She imagined it would all be so nice. And she has to fight for composure when it doesn’t turn out like that. The girl telling this story doesn’t have an easy time. Mariana Leky shows us a young woman going through the difficult phase of becoming an adult with a sense of the comic element in the tragic. “I did try, once, to go away. Just like that, and when I had just started. I put all I really needed in a cardboard box, locked my room and put the key on top of the door frame.” But something always intervenes - a new friend, a horde of slow-coaches or just the landlady on the stairs. So she carries on “because you can’t keep only starting things, you have to finish them, and do it in the right way.”
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.