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Monsters Like Us

Translated from the original German by Karen Leeder
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

Monsters Like Us is the story of old friends Ruth and Viktor in the last days of Communist East Germany. They are inseparable since kindergarten, but 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.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Ulrike
Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig, born in former East Germany in 1979, has written five volumes of poetry along with short stories and a novel Monsters Like Us (Seagull 2022). She often works with filmmakers, sound artists and musicians including especially her poetry-band Landschaft. She has won many prizes, including most recently the Erich Loest Prize, the Horst Bingel Prize and the Roswitha Prize. In 2021 she was appointed to the prestigious Thomas Kling Poetry Lectureship. Photo Credit: Michael Aust

Ulrike Almut Sandig, born in former East Germany in 1979, has written five volumes of poetry along with short stories and a novel Monsters Like Us (Seagull 2022). She often works with filmmakers, sound artists and musicians including especially her poetry-band Landschaft. She has won many prizes, including most recently the Erich Loest Prize, the Horst Bingel Prize and the Roswitha Prize. In 2021 she was appointed to the prestigious Thomas Kling Poetry Lectureship. Photo Credit: Michael Aust

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Karen
Leeder

Karen Leeder is a writer, translator and academic, and teaches German at New College, Oxford where she works especially on modern poetry. Her translations have been awarded the Stephen Spender Prize (2011) and the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize (2018).

Karen Leeder is a writer, translator and academic, and teaches German at New College, Oxford where she works especially on modern poetry. Her translations have been awarded the Stephen Spender Prize (2011) and the John Frederick Nims Memorial Prize (2018).

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Ruth is a concert pianist and often booked and on the road. Privatly she suffers from a difficult relationship with her violent boyfriend Voitto. In throwbacks we learn about her childhood in the opencast mining area of Saxony during the time of the GDR, overshadowed by sexual abuse and violence. Only Viktor, her long time friend, knows what has happened to Ruth. After the peaceful revolution in 1989 he becomes a Skinhead `til he manage to change his mindset. Viktor moves to Paris and gets payrolled by a wealthy family. When Ruth arrives in Paris to play a gig we’ve come full circle. Monster is the first novel by Ulrike Almut Sandig. The slightly dark story makes one think about what abuse and violence causes in a child. In a way this novel is also a tribute to music as an universal cure.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
13/09/2022
Country
Germany
Original Language
German
Publisher
Seagull Books
Translator
Karen Leeder
Translation
Translated from the original German by Karen Leeder
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