First day of sale: 13.01.2016
DER AUFRECHTE GANG/WALKING UPRIGHT
about 160 pages
Annette Mingels’ protagonist Ruth tells clear-sighted and free from illusions about imperfect life: By the side of an older man and longing for the younger. With great sovereignty and good powers of observation Walking Upright (Der aufrechte Gang) joins the great themes of literature together in an impressive story: death and love, belief and the question for honesty.
Ruth is in her late thirties when her husband dies. Sven was her former art history professor, he could have been her father. When his disease breaks out he wants to live on as before. So both of them pretend that nothing changes their quiet life with the little lies running all the way through it.
When Sven dies Ruth’s life starts anew. She sets off on a journey to England with Simone, a friend from her youth, whom she hasn’t seen since her wedding – and who could not stand the new man at her side. William, Simone’s seventeen year old son, joins them as well. At their last encounter he was a baby and Ruth carried him around.
On the journey Ruth and William’s affection for each other grows and becomes incalculable. William is convinced that they belong together, but Ruth struggles with the age difference. When they get together an impossible relationship begins.
Annette Mingels was born in 1971 in Cologne. She studied German Literature, Linguistics and Sociology and wrote her doctoral thesis on Dürrenmatt and Kierkegaard. She is teaching at the University at Fribourg, Switzerland. Her novel “Puppenglück” was published in 2003, with DuMont she published "Die LIebe der Matrosen" (2005), “Der aufrechte Gang” (2006), “Romantiker” (2007) and "Tontauben)" (2010).