Flowing Land

Original Title: Fließendes Land

original edition

Paperback, with flaps, 192 pages, 13.5 x 20.6 cm, 5.3 x 8.1 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87391-6
€ 16.99 [D] | € 17.50 [A] | CHF 23.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: May 21, 2012
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Angelika  Overath - Flowing Land


"One of the most independent voices of German-language literature." taz

Writing is a form of travel – a return to the lost Atlantis of childhood, of youth. Travel is a form of writing – a conquest of distant parts with one's own narrative. It takes us to the lagoons of Tahiti; to the vast beach on the North Sea island of Vlieland; to the Herengracht in Amsterdam, where Jewish children were hidden from the German occupying forces; to a museum in London to stand in front of the chair van Gogh painted in the South of France.

In this very personal book, Angelika Overath has collected various items: memories, images of journeys, reports, essays, scenes. They all show us different aspects of the life of a woman as a reporter, author, mother. One central chapter goes into the craftsmanship of poetry. Elsewhere we find a description of how a schoolhouse novel comes into being in a classroom in St. Moritz; or how writing poems when learning a foreign language opens up a new form of education. And this book tells us why every book belongs to the reader. These comforting and liberating texts make the reader more alert, so that he or she can set off on the journey itself.

“The narrator possesses a stylistic polish that allows her material sparkle (which is the greatest art).”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung


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