Was man von hier aus sehen kann

Mariana Leky

Was man von hier aus sehen kann


320 pages

First day of sale: 15.12.2019
ISBN 978-3-8321-9839-8

PDF English Sample

A Novel, ca. 220 pp., Autumn 2017 – English sample available

SPIEGEL Bestseller

“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.

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: Hunan Literature & Art Publishing House (Simplified Chinese Characters); OLGA (Danish); Nieuw Amsterdam (Dutch); Farrar, Straus and Giroux (English World); JC Lattès (French); Gutenberg (Greek); Tericum (Hungarian); Keller Editore (Italian); Taurus Books (Korean); Janis Roze (Latvian); Tusquets (Portuguese Brazil); Planeta Portugal (Portugese Portugal); Vida (Slovene); Seix Barral (Spanish World); Thorén & Lindskog (Swedish);

Mariana Leky

Mariana Leky studierte nach einer Buchhandelslehre Kulturjournalismus an der Universität Hildesheim. Sie lebt in Berlin und Köln. Bei DuMont erschienen der Erzählband ›Liebesperlen‹ (2001), die Romane ›Erste Hilfe‹ (2004), ›Die Herrenausstatterin‹ (2010) sowie ›Bis der Arzt kommt. Geschichten aus der Sprechstunde‹ (2013). 2017 erschien ihr Roman ›Was man von hier aus sehen kann‹, der wochenlang auf der Spiegel-Bestsellerliste stand und in über vierzehn Sprachen übersetzt wird. Die Verfilmung des Romans für die große Leinwand ist in Vorbereitung.