Ulrike Draesner: Seven Springs. Luchterhand Literaturverlag (Hardcover, Literary Fiction)

Seven Springs


Original Title: Sieben Sprünge vom Rand der Welt

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 560 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87372-5
€ 21.99 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: March 10, 2014
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Ulrike  Draesner - Seven Springs


What it means to lose one's homeland

Simone Grolmann is 52, established and respected, a professor of behaviour research, the mother of a daughter, an analytical person. And she feels fear – fear of snow. The fear is deep within her, immersed as deep as the Breslau woods through which her father, his handicapped brother Emil and his mother Lilly trudged in the night of 19th to 20th January 1945 at temperatures of 21 degrees below freezing point – three people with three soaking, heavy cardboard boxes. That was 17 years before she was born, and yet this is her own fear. She cannot understand the pain she feels so clearly.

Ulrike Draesner tells the story of the Grolmann family seen from the point of view of four generations. She has with great virtuosity created a kaleidoscope of memories that keep joining to make new images showing how the traumas inflicted by flight and displacement still affect the living and how psychological landscapes are passed down from one generation to the next.

"A brilliant novel with unconventional characters. […]. Seven Jumps from the Edge of the World is one of the great books of this spring."

Spiegel Online


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