First day of sale: 13.01.2016
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 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.