- 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
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Winner of the German Book Prize 2021
Do we have the right to remain silent?
Adina grew up as the last teenager in her village in the Czech Giant Mountains. While attending a language course in Berlin, she meets a photographer named Rickie, who gets her an internship in an arts center in the Uckermark. After being raped by a West German cultural politician, she sets out on an odyssey that takes her across half of Europe. In the end, Adina is stranded in Helsinki where Leonides, an Estonian politician and member of the European parliament, becomes her emotional anchor. While he campaigns for human rights, Adina seeks a way out of her inner exile.
"Blue Woman" is a stirring account of a young woman's struggle for integrity. On the road from the Czech Republic to Finland, to Estonia and Germany, her experiences reflect the recent power struggles between Eastern and Western Europe.
'A little work of wonder in contemporary prose literature (...) masterly.' Fritz J. Raddatz, Die Welt