Lisa Kränzler

Lightcatcher - Novel

(German title: Lichtfang)
ca. 175 pages
Lisa Kränzler
Foto: Lisa Kränzler
© Jürgen Bauer

Lisa Kränzler was born in 1983 in Ravensburg and studied painting and graphic arts at the Kunstakademie Karlsruhe.

In 2012 she won the 3sat-Prize at the Bachmann Competition for an excerpt from her novel Nachhinein. That novel was shortlisted for the 2013 Leipzig Book Fair and was honored with the 2014 Märkischen Grant for Literature.

is her first novel with Suhrkamp Verlag.

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»Whoever intends to go against time and light needs more than just one weapon.«


If the ball makes it into the basket, it means she loves me, Rufus thinks, picks it up, throws, and scores. The oracle was right, and he and Lilith become a couple.

The two are nineteen, and their Abitur is coming up – a turbulent, scary, and painfully intense time of transition. Rufus looks confidently and defiantly ahead, countering uncertainty with numbers and facts. He has every intention of passing and with good marks, too, so that he can study astrophysics. He is a true believer: you can rely on science. Lilith, on the other hand, does not want a future or a diploma, she just wants to paint, to stop time, to conquer color, light, and shade. And yet paint and canvas prove unsuitable weapons and her irrational wish instead gives birth to monsters.

Lisa Kränzler´s novel Lightcatcher is a colorful and precise, radical and brave coming-of-age story. The story of a sensible, talented, but ultimately damaged young woman and the boyfriend who cannot protect her.


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