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Christoph Hein

Mama Has Gone - Novel

(German title: Mama ist gegangen)
ca. 126 pages
Clothbound
2005
Christoph Hein
Foto: Christoph Hein
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Born in 1944, Christoph Hein lives in Berlin. He has written novels, novellas, short stories, plays, essays and children’s books. His most recent novels were on the Spiegel bestseller list for weeks. His recent awards include the 2019 Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater), the 2019 Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize and the 2017 Grimmelshausen Prize.

Awards (selection):
2019: Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater)
2019: Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize
2017: Grimmelshausen Literature Prize
2013: Stefan Heym Prize
2012: Uwe Johnson Prize
2010: Eichendorff Literature Prize
2008: Walter Hasenclever Literature Prize
2004: Schiller Memorial Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2002: Austrian State Prize for European Literature
2000: Solothurner Literature Prize
1998: Peter Weiss Prize of the City of Bochum
1994: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990: Erich Fried Prize (Vienna)
1983: Deutscher Kritikerpreis

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Winner of the LUCHS-Prize

An empathetic novel about saying goodbye

And all of a sudden, nothing is as it used to be

About

Ten-year-old Ulla lives with her brothers Karel and Paul, the dog Strolch and her parents. The father is a sculptor, the mother a director and Ulla’s best friend, beautiful and always laughing. They are doing well. But then the mother suddenly dies. And in one moment, everything changes for the family.

Only gradually do they find their way back into their life. Planning a family vacation gives the children a feeling of security and the father begins working on a new sculpture in whose face the children recognise that of their mother. And when the beautiful sculpture is ready and erected on the cathedral square, it seems like a new beginning is possible for the family.

With great empathy, Christoph Hein talks about the shock of death, in simple, clear and, compassionate language. And about how the possibility to carry on living, takes time and most of all: courage.

Praise

»Christoph Hein has written a book about death that brings joy.« DIE ZEIT

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Guldenberg/Guldenberg (2021)

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Verwirrnis/Befuddlement (2018)

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Trutz/Trutz (2017)

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Glückskind mit Vater/Portrait of a Son With Father (2016)

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Frau Paula Trousseau/Ms. Paula Trousseau (2007)

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In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten/In his early childhood, a garden (2005)

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Landnahme/Settlement (2004)

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