Inka Parei

Die Kältezentrale

© Schöffling Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2011Inka Parei: Die Kältezentrale © Schöffling Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2011 In her third novel, Inka Parei pursues the same themes that she did in her two previous books Die Schattenboxerin and Was Dunkelheit war. Although everything is new, her themes are once again great loneliness, a suppressed past that suddenly surges up uncannily and the unreliability of memory. The book is also about Berlin, where the writer, who was born in Frankfurt in 1967, has lived for a long time.
For Inka Parei, history is never merely a private affair, but is always to be understood historically. One of the points she makes in Die Kältezentrale is that it was ultimately the disappearance of his country, East Germany, that opened up a chasm beneath the first person narrator. Over all those years, he did not realize what was happening. But he knows the “feeling that the world one lives in is falling apart”. That was how it was in May 1986, on the day everything changed for him. It seems to be a matter of life and death, involving an irradiated lorry (Chernobyl!), and a dead man whose grave cannot be found. The confused, exhausted narrator tells us all this in a painfully complicated order. The reader, too, is confused and soon exhausted, but follows him on a captivating search for a man he should have looked for 20 years ago.

Judith Sternburg: „Geschlossene Systeme“
© Frankfurter Rundschau, 31 August 2011

Inka Parei
Die Kältezentrale
Schöffling Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2011
ISBN 978-3-89561-107-0
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