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Eva Schmidt

Ein langes Jahr (A Long Year)

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Jung und Jung
ISBN: 978 3 99027 080 6
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It has been 19 years since the multiple award-winning author based in Bregenz last published a book. And now she presents this slim novel. In 38 episodes, she writes from different perspectives about the inhabitants of her city. There are children, old people, single women, a homeless man. Relationships between these figures loom and then only materialise delicately or not at all; plans are not carried out or fail; everything here happens quietly, and time and again Lake Constance sparkles through it all. The writing is restrained, not a single word superfluous. This melancholy text requires attention – for which, however, the reader is richly rewarded.
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Eva Schmidt, born in 1952, lives in Bregenz, Austria. In addition to short stories in various newspapers and magazines, she has published three books, most recently "Zwischen der Zeit” (1997). She is the recipient of various grants and literary prizes, including the Rauriser Literature Prize (1986), the Hermann Hesse Förderpreis (advancement award) (1988) and the Nicolas Born Prize (1989). "Ein langes Jahr” is her first book in almost 20 years.
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