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Ralf Rothmann

Shakespeare’s Chickens - Stories

(German title: Shakespeares Hühner)
ca. 211 pages
Clothbound
2012
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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About

Ralf Rothmann, undisputed master of long and short prose, has written stories whose realism is driven by a yearning for the unexpected, full of humour and empathy. Stories that continue to echo long after you’ve turned the last page.

In these eight stories, Ralf Rothmann depicts turning points in life, both happy and dramatic, in an affecting and magically precise style. Whether we hear of the self-delusions of a dying Stasi officer, a misguided orgy on the Baltic coast, a love rekindled in a Japanese monastery, or the memory of snow: »After all it’s not this or that state that makes a life,« says one of the female protagonists. »It’s the transitions, like in music. Sometimes I think even death is just a change of chord.«
 

Praise

»With Shakespeare’s Chickens, Ralf Rothmann reveals himself to be a master of weightless pathos.« Hubert Spiegel, FAZ

»A new Rothmann is always an event.« Die Literarische Welt

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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Milch und Kohle/Milk and Coal (2000)

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