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Ralf Rothmann

Heat - Novel

(German title: Hitze)
ca. 290 pages
Clothbound
2003
Ralf Rothmann
Foto: Ralf Rothmann
© Heike Steinweg

Ralf Rothmann was born in 1953 in Schleswig and grew up in the Ruhr. He lives in Berlin.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including:

Uwe-Johnson-Prize 2018
Premio San Clemente 2017
Kleist Preis 2017
Friedrich-Hölderlin-Prize 2013
Hans-Fallada-Preis 2008
Literaturpreis der Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung 2008
Max-Frisch-Preis 2006
Heinrich-Böll-Preis 2005
Wilhelm Raabe Literaturpreis 2004

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About

This novel of Ralf Rothmann is set in Berlin's Kreuzberg district, and starts off in a canteen that supplies its customers in West and East alike with convenience food.

It is here, in the midst enormous pots and pans that we meet sous-chef and former cameraman Simon DeLoo. His life was utterly shattered at all levels by the death of his partner, and he now makes a living delivering meals.

On his rounds he encounters Lucilla, a young vagrant from Poland. Her outline reminds him of his former wife. Initially, Lucilla eludes him, and it is only in the shimmering heat of her native region, the lakes and rolling countryside of Pommerania, that he sees her properly: the face that »contains something brighter than intelligence«, the body that bewilders him.

In the form of Heat Ralf Rothmann has succeeded in writing a contemporary urban novel, in which he not only accurately describes widely differing social existences and milieus but simultaneously – and perhaps most importantly – relates a wonderful, melancholy love story.

Other publications

Der Gott jenes Sommers/The God of That Summer (2018)

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Im Frühling sterben/To Die in Spring (2015)

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Feuer brennt nicht/Fire Doesn't Burn (2009)

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Junges Licht/Young Light (2004)

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Milch und Kohle/Milk and Coal (2000)

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Sweden (Thoren & Lindskog), Serbia (Clio), Turkey (Yapi Kredi); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: France (Laurence Teper)

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