Nominated by:

Universitätsbibliothek Bern, Switzerland

Leipziger Stadtische Bibliotheken, Germany

Stadtbibliothek Bremen, Germany

Publisher of nominated edition:

Clerkenwell Press, UK


Judith Hermann      

Translated from the original German by Margot Bettauer Dembo

2013 Longlist

When someone very close to you dies your whole life changes. Everything is different. Alice is the central figure in these five inter-connected narratives, which tell of her life at times of loss. Suddenly it is no longer possible to say what the person looked like, how he spoke, cursed, smiled, how he lived his life. Objects are left behind, books, letters, pictures and every now and again you think you can see them in a crowd. Judith Hermann tells of days of transition, of waiting, of holding on and letting go – and of how clear and dazzling such days can sometimes be.Alice is a book of extraordinary power and great literary beauty from one of Europe’s finest writers.

(From Publisher)

About the Author

Judith Hermann was born in Berlin in 1970. She is the author of The Summer House, Later and Nothing but Ghosts, which have received a number of literary awards including the Kleist Prize. She lives and works in Berlin.

Librarians’ Comments

A book of literary beauty and remarkable power from ne of Germany’s finest writers. Alice is the central character in the five interconnected episodes, which tell of her life at times of death of five men who are related to her either by love or blood.

A wonderfully written voyage across love and loss through five interconnected stories.

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