Zsuzsa Bánk

Die hellen Tage

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ISBN: 978-3-596-18437-8


544 Pages,
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ISBN 978-3-596-18437-8


In a small town in the south of Germany, young Seri experiences the bright days of childhood: days that she spends in her friend Aja’s garden, a girl from a family of Hungarian artistes who lives with her mother in a block on the edge of town.
Yet even the apparently intact world of her 1960s childhood has an invisible crack: Seri’s father died shortly after her birth, and Aja’s father, a circus trapeze artist, only comes to visit once a year. The girls’ friend Karl has lost his younger brother, who got into a stranger’s car one bright blue spring day and never came back.
It is the mothers who steer Karl and the girls through the currents and shallows of their childhoods, teaching them not to be scared of life and always to live it to the full.
Zsuzsa Bánk tells the story of three families, accompanying her young heroes through half their lives. When Seri, Karl and Aja go to university in Rome, the city becomes a turning point in their biographies – and a tough test for a friendship between love and betrayal, guilt and forgiveness.

About Zsuzsa Bánk

Zsuzsa Bánk was born in 1965. While studying Journalism, Political Science, and Literature in Mainz and Washington, she also worked as a bookseller. Today she lives with her husband and two children in Frankfurt am Main. She was awarded the Aspekte Literaturpreis, the German Book Prize, the Jürgen Ponto Prize, the Mara Cassens Prize, as well as the Adelbert von Chamisso Prize for her first novel, Der Schwimmer (The Swimmer). She was also awarded the Bettina von Arnim Prize for Unter Hunden (Among Dogs) from her volume of short stories, Heißester Sommer (The Hottest Summer). Her last novel to be published was Die hellen Tage (Bright Days).

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Die hellen Tage


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