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    MLB Freitagslesung – a brief account and a big thank you!

    Even before my first novel was published, I have participated in author’s readings whenever I could, but the pandemic put a halt to any direct exchange with the audience. Of course, I have been doing zoom readings, like everyone else. And it has been fun to read to people abroad I would probably never have reached otherwise. But the connection is different. It is rare that one creates a moment so memorable that it sticks to your mind. As a student I have been a very committed actress. First in the school’s drama club and then later on at university, until exam preparations began to severly limit my free time.…

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    Throwback Monday – Arcana 2021 is coming up!

    I have always had a thing for tarot cards. Not so much to rely on them as a kind of super-natural prophecy but for their rich imagery. They idea of combining so many symbols in each card that it engages your subconcious is intriguing. The human mind sees in them what it wants to see, and thereby you learn what truly moves you these days, no fooling yourself. I was therefore delighted when I was asked to participate in last year’s Arcana, a Munich art project which draws inspiration from Tarot cards. Each year it features a select group of artists and writers from around the world. Due to Covid,…

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    Portlandia – and the postpandemic desire for a brave new world

    The end of a pandemic is sure as hell just as weird as the pandemic itself. I naively used to think that one day, it would be all over, people would open their windows, screaming and laughing and dancing in the street for days. Instead, freedom has crept in gradually, with the first vaccination, figures going down, and suddenly one realizes, one could attempt travel the world again, at least in parts. And once realized, that feeling for me became so strong it required some sort of manifestation. An expression of that sense of awakening, like a packing of bags or a decampment – and yet one stays put. At…

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    It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times

    This famous quote by Charles Dickens is the first line of his novel “The Tale of Two Cities”, a historical novel about the years leading up to the French revolution. It is a standard example in writing classes about “How to begin a novel” because it not only sticks with you, but also intrigues you to no end. Every author dreams about finding a first line like that. And it has been constantly used in past months to describe the times we live in. So, inevitably, here comes my version of it 😊   It was the best of times, it was the worst of times   We have been deprived,…