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Swallow summer
Swallow summer
Boehning, Larissa, 1971-2016
"Each character in Larissa Boehning's debut collection experiences a moment where they're forced to confront how differently things turned out, how quickly ambitions were shelved, or how easily people change. Former colleagues meet up to reminisce about the failed agency they used to work for; brothers-in-law find themselves co-habiting long after the one person they had in common passed away; fellow performers watch as their careers slowly drift in opposite directions. Boehning's stories offer a rich store of metaphors for this abandonment: the downed tools of a deserted East German factory, lying exactly where they were dropped the day Communism fell; the old, collected cameras of a late father that seem to stare, wide-eyed, at the world he left behind. And yet, underpinning this abandonment, there is also great resilience. Like the cat spotted by a demolition worker in the penultimate story that sits, unflinching, as its home is bulldozed around it, certain spirits abide."
Main title:
Swallow summer / Larissa Boehning ; translated from the German by Lyn Marven.
[Manchester] : Comma Press, 2016.©2016
iii, 140 pages ; 20 cm.
Fisrt published in the German language as Schwalbensommer, 2003.Translated from the German.
9781905583447 (paperback)
Dewey class:
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryAdult FictionBOEHAvailable