Anna Katharina Hahn

Over and Gone - Novel

(German title: Aus und davon)
ca. 300 pages
Anna Katharina Hahn
Foto: Anna Katharina Hahn
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Anna Katharina Hahn was born in 1970 and studied German and English literature, as well as Folklore in Hamburg. She lived in Berlin for several years and now lives and writes in Stuttgart.

Her previous works include the collection of stories Kavaliersdelikt, for which she was awarded the Clemens Brentano Prize in 2005, as well as the novel Kürzere Tage, which was longlisted for the German Book Prize in 2009. In 2010, Anna Katharina Hahn has been awarded with the Heimito von Doderer Literary Award.

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Stuttgart, New York, Meadville – love, proximity and distance in the time of the smartphone


For goodness’ sake, where is the boy? When her young grandson Bruno fails to show up at mealtime, Elisabeth feels like she is losing control over her life. Her daughter Cornelia has separated from her husband and is taking a »hiatus« in Pennsylvania. Stella, Bruno’s gorgeous older sister, is hanging out somewhere in town with her peers. And Bruno has simply disappeared. Unreachable.

Just one more time, Elisabeth wanted to take on responsibility, take everything off Cornelia’s shoulders for four weeks, without fuss or quibble. But since her husband’s stroke the old verve has gone, and nobody is there to help her.

Anna Katharina Hahn unfolds a broad panorama between generations that have less and less to say to one another. Here is Elisabeth with her grandchildren in Stuttgart, whose affluence no longer seems to correspond to the hardships of the people surrounding her. On the other side of the world, her daughter sends messages from shimmering Manhattan or the vastness of the provincial backcountry. Through the images and text messages that are sent halfway around the world, all of this seems to be connected somehow. But what good is that when a child doesn’t come home one day? Over and Gone is the family saga of the 21st century.

Other publications

Das Kleid meiner Mutter/My Mother's Dress (2016)

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Arabic world rights (Sefsafa)

Am Schwarzen Berg/Black Mountain Side (2012)

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Griot)

Kürzere Tage/Shorter Days (2009)

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English world rights digital (Frisch & Co.), Finland (Lurra)

Domestic Rights Sales: German Stage Adaptation (Staatstheater Stuttgart)