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Blue Woman

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  • Winner of the German Book Prize 2021
  • Preis der Literaturhäuser 2019
  • Translator of works by Joan Didion, Lucia Berlin and Virginia Woolf
  • English sample translation available

Do we have the right to remain silent?

Adina was the last teenager to grew up in her village in the Czech Giant Mountains, and already as a child, longed to get away. While attending a language course in Berlin, she meets a photographer called Rickie, who gets her an internship in an up-and-coming arts and leisure centre in the Uckermark. Rendered invisible by a sexual assault which no one takes seriously, Adina gets stranded in Helsinki after wandering around aimlessly. In the hotel in which she is working illegally, she meets the Estonian Professor Leonides, a Member of the European Parliament, who falls in love with her. While he campaigns for human rights, Adina searches for a way out of her inner exile.

Antje Rávik Strubel's novel 'Blue Woman', tells in a stirring way of the unequal premises of love, Europe's abysses and how we normalise the monstrous.


'A little work of wonder in contemporary prose literature (...) masterly.' Fritz J. Raddatz, Die Welt

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  • Publisher: S. FISCHER
  • Release: 11.08.2021
  • 432 pages
  • Format: Hardcover
Philipp von der Heydt

Antje Rávik Strubel

Antje Rávik Strubel is the award-winning author of the novels Unter Schnee (2001), Fremd Gehen. Ein Nachtstück (2002), Tupolew 134 (2004) and the episodic novel In den Wäldern des menschlichen Herzens (2016). Kältere Schichten der Luft (2007) was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair PrizeSturz der Tage in die Nacht (2011) was long-listed for the German Book Prize. Strubel was selected as the first Writer in Residence at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. In 2019, she won the Preis der Literaturhäuser. Her novel Blaue Frau (Blue Woman) was awarded the German Book Prize 2021. She is also a sought-after translator from the English and the Swedish. Authors she has translated include Joan Didion, Lena Andersson, Lucia Berlin and Virginia Woolf. Antje Rávik Strubel lives in Potsdam. (