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Christoph Hein

Ms. Paula Trousseau - Novel

(German title: Frau Paula Trousseau)
ca. 536 pages
Clothbound
2007
Christoph Hein
Foto: Christoph Hein
© Heike Steinweg

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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About

How do we become – or not become – the people that we have become? This is the fundamental question addressed in Christoph Hein’s novel, a novel that consistently views things from the perspective of painter Paula Trousseau.

Sometimes availing herself of dynamic situational descriptions, sometimes employing a kind of fast-forward technique, Hein recounts the adventures of the self-assertion of a woman whose outlook and experiences cast a spell over the reader, who is then torn between sympathy and rejection.

When, in the novel's first pages, readers first hear about the painter, they are immediately told that she committed suicide in France in the year 2000. And they are able to follow her version of things from her diary entries: her view of the world, of art, of the relationship between the sexes and her experiences with men and women. How, against the will of her parents and her husband, she decides to study art – at the price of hardening her heart against everybody and everything. All her relationships with men are doomed to failure, those with women tend to be more constant but cannot prevent gray tones from dominating her pictures. Where does this indifference to other people and, in the final analysis, to herself, actually come from? Is her background responsible for this, or is it the political circumstances, the hierarchy of the sexes, the cultural situation? How do we become what we are?

Praise

»Frau Paula Trousseau is a courageous novel, beyond great gestures.« Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Christoph Hein’s new novel tells the life of an artist with an epic sweep but without losing sight of its central figure […] This is the story of successful emancipation and of the bitter price she had to pay to achieve it: her life. […] Frau Paula Trousseau is a tremendously rich book.« FR

Other publications

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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Weiskerns Nachlass/Weiskern's Legacy (2011)

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

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Mama ist gegangen/Mama Has Gone (2005)

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Landnahme/Settlement (2004)

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Willenbrock/Willenbrock (2000)

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Von allem Anfang an/Von allem Anfang an (1997)

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Der Tangospieler/The Tango Player (1989)

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Horns Ende/Horn's End (1985)

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Der fremde Freund. Drachenblut/The Distant Lover (1982)

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