Monika Maron

Zwischenspiel

© S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2013Monika Maron: Zwischenspiel © S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2013The novel covers one day and is about a woman and a dog and a life. It begins in the morning in Winterfeldstraße in Berlin where the sky is still yellow and ends in the evening in a park shortly after sunset. There is a mood of farewell in this book because the woman who tells of her life is no longer very young. Her mother has been dead for a long time and the daughter has grown up, the men disappeared a long time ago and a female friend has just died. (...) Maron’s midsummer day’s dream on the outskirts of Berlin has all the elements of romantic delirium and phantasmagoria, but fortunately this does not free the author from her familiar refreshing pungency of thought and wording. This little book by the 72-year-old Berlin writer, who, like its protagonist, moved from East to West in the late eighties and previously spent her childhood and adolescence in East Berlin with a stepfather from the GDR nomenclature, has some autobiographical features. It is a retrospective of her life that lets the old loves, old wounds, lovers, parents, separations, betrayal and farewells once again pass by an elaborately pixelated eye in an odd direction like the strange cloud in the sky over Berlin.

Iris Radisch: „Ein Tag im totgesagten Park“
© Die Zeit, Die ZEIT, 31 October 2013

Monika Maron
Zwischenspiel
S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 2013
ISBN 978-3-10-048821-3
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