WAS MAN VON HIER AUS SEHEN KANN /
WHAT YOU CAN SEE FROM HERE
A Novel, ca. 220 pp., Autumn 2017 – English sample available
“A Masterpiece!” Ariane Heimbach, BRIGITTE WOMAN
„This is a triumph of literature.“ Rüdiger Safranski, SRF Literaturclub
“Why should you read a book like this? The answer is simple: because Mariana Leky wrote it, and because her writing will make you drop to your knees. (...) It contains many themes – friendship and love, courage and despair, habit and change, life and death. But you should read it, above all, to be amazed by Mariana Leky’s terrific art of language, over and over again” Katharina Mahrenholtz, NDR
“In What You Can See from Here, Mariana Leky has succeeded in writing probably one of the most uplifting books of the year. On every page, there are at least three sentences that you have to underline, copy out or read to someone else.” Judith Liere, STERN
“This is a wonderful, clever, amusing and profound book.” Manuela Reichart, DEUTSCHLANDFUNKKULTUR
“This is a novel that creeps up on you very quietly, only to take you in its grip and not let you go until the end. [After reading], you miss Leky’s characters, because despite all the novel’s fantastic elements, they seem real in a way that is rarely found in literature.” Meike Schnitzler, BRIGITTE.
“It is one of those books that has the potential to make you happy. Never kitschy, never superficial. Wise and sensitive and with passionate love for language.” – Bianca Schwarz, HR 2 Kultur
“Only seldom I have read such a funny and at the same time profound book. Such books are rare. They make you think about the peculiarities and small wonders of life – like the sight of an Okapi.” Thomas Böhm, RADIOEINS
“One of the best books of this year.” Nicola Steiner, SRF 1 BuchZeichen
A book about love in a state of absence: clever, touching and brilliantly humorous.
A GREAT LOVE IN THE WESTERWALD
Selma, an elderly resident of the Westerwald, can foresee death - someone in the village always dies the day after the okapi appears in her dreams. However, the dreams never reveal who is going to die. As you can imagine, the span of time between dream and death exists as a state of emergency for everybody in the village - and in her novel, Mariana Leky describes the fear of the local residents, what they blindly risk, admit, destroy, or bring into order. Yet that is not everything, by far.
What You Can See From Here is the portrait of a village and its residents. But above all it is a novel about love in the state of absence, as the various “objects of desire” have a strong tendency to withdraw (or at least, to not respond in a manner acceptable to the other individuals involved). As does incredibly handsome Frederik, Luise’s great love. Luise, Selma’s granddaughter, is the heroine and narrator of the novel.
Frederik decided to move to Japan and to live in a cloister as a Buddhist monk, returning to the village and Luise only for a few weeks every winter. Each time – winter after winter – Luise is hoping for him to stay for good. But words like “forever” are not frequently said in a place over which the Sword of Damocles is hovering in form of the okapi dream….
Rights sold to: Azoth Books (Complex Chinese Characters); Hunan Literature & Art Publishing House (Simplified Chinese Characters); Prostor (Czech); OLGA (Danish); Nieuw Amsterdam (Dutch); Farrar, Straus and Giroux (English World); Varrak (Estonian); JC Lattès (French); Gutenberg (Greek); Kinneret, Zmora, Dvir (Hebrew); Tericum (Hungarian); Keller Editore (Italian); Tousen (Japanese); Taurus Books (Korean); Janis Roze (Latvian); Otwarte (Polish); Tusquets (Portuguese Brazil); Planeta Portugal (Portugese Portugal); Text (Russian); Carobna knjiga (Serbian); Vida (Slovene); Seix Barral (Spanish World); Thorén & Lindskog (Swedish);
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.