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Ralf Rothmann

Milk and Coal - Novel

(German title: Milch und Kohle)
ca. 211 pages
Clothbound
2000
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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We find traces of the author’s childhood in this novel. It tells the story of a family at the end of the 1960s. The father works underground: »You only need an hour down there. Up to our waists in water yesterday. Never see the sky.« He pines for his life as a dairyman in northern Germany, which he gave up to please his wife. »Here we are in a town. Paved streets, television, dancing on Saturday nights ...«

One day the father brings a few mates home with him. They eat, dance, and celebrate. The mother falls in love with Gino, the Italian. The sons, Simon and Traska, try to escape the gloom and the dullness of their everyday lives, each in his own way.

The novel tells of desires, adventures – and of the passage to adulthood.

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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Hitze/Heat (2003)

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