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256 Pages, gebunden
Carolin Emcke tells the story of teenage years, her own teenage years in the 1970s and 80s. Sexuality was a no-go subject; there was no place for words like ‘lust’ or ‘desire’, and certainly not for types of desire that varied from the norm.
Carolin Emcke describes the games and rituals, the mechanisms of exclusion and inclusion, the lies and longings that made up her youth. She writes about the unhappiness and desperation of a fellow pupil who was marginalized for no reason and eventually collapsed under the pressure, she talks about her own search for a form in which she could articulate her sense of difference, and about the existential joy of having found that language of desire.
She researches how the Germans thought of, wrote about and judged teenage homosexuality in the 1980s, be it in teenage magazines, in court or in the defence ministry, and how taboos and resentments are still as strong to this day.
Carolin Emcke accomplishes the feat of developing an entire theory of desire on the basis of the stories she tells, yet without taking away the magic, the tender and also radical nature of desire itself. Her book is a work of great political force, dealing with exclusion and violence and with the struggle for individuality in the age of the collective.
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