Die Nacht, die Lichter
Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2008A dog-owner bets everything he has on a horse to pay for a costly operation. A young woman wants to show everyone what she’s got, boxing her way up from a refugee ship to the top of the league. A young man and a girl he once knew spend all night talking, after meeting up by chance. She may be thinking of getting together, but he knows that’s not to be. Clemens Meyer tells stories of the hope of winning against the odds for once in this life, of the will to make something out of oneself, and of love that never was. His tales are spun in quiet apartments, in warehouses and by the river. His heroes are exposed to life, the homeless and the dreamers who wander the city by night. Meyer hits our times on the head – his raw, precise and tender voice talks of lost illusions, desires and loneliness.