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Monsters Like Us

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A novel of two young friends growing up on divergent paths in the last days of Communist East Germany.   What is it like to be young and broken in a country that is on the brink of collapse? This is what acclaimed poet and sound artist Ulrike Almut Sandig shows us in her debut novel, through the story of old friends Ruth and Viktor in the last days of Communist East Germany. The two central characters are inseparable since kindergarten, but they are forced to go their different ways to escape their difficult childhood: Ruth into music and the life of a professional musician; Viktor into violence and a neo-Nazi gang. Monsters Like Us is a story of families, a story of abuse, a story about the search for redemption and the ways it takes shape over generations. More than anything, it is about the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, and who we want to be. Bold, brutal, and lyrical, this is a coming-of-age novel that charts the hidden violence of the world we live in today.

About the author

Born in former East Germany in 1979, Ulrike Almut Sandig has written two books of short stories, and four volumes of poetry as well as a novel. In 2021 she was invited to give the prestigious Thomas-Kling Poetics Lectures. Karen Leeder is a writer, critic, and prize-winning translator of contemporary German literature including work by Durs Grünbein, Volker Braun, Michael Krüger, Evelyn Schlag, and Raoul Schrott.

Product details

Authors Ulrike Almut Sandig
Assisted by Karen Leeder (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 01.09.2022
EAN 9780857429834
ISBN 978-0-85742-983-4
No. of pages 172
Dimensions 156 mm x 231 mm x 24 mm
Weight 476 g
Series The German List
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature
Humanities, art, music > Linguistics and literary studies > General and comparative literary studies

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