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“Monsters Like Us” longlisted for the Dublin Literature Award

Ulrike Almut Sandig

Ulrike Almut Sandig
Image Credit: Michael Aust/Villa Concordia

Karen Leeder

Karen Leeder
Image Credit: University of Oxford/Oxford Atelier Photography

BUA/Oxford Einstein Visiting Fellow Karen Leeder has translated Berlin author Ulrike Almut Sandig’s novel into English, which is one of six German works that made it on the long list for this year’s Dublin Literature Award.

News from Jan 18, 2024

“Monsters Like Us” is the story of old friends Ruth and Viktor in the last days of Communist East Germany. They are inseparable since kindergarten, but are forced to go their different ways to escape their difficult childhood: Ruth into music and the life of a professional musician; Viktor into violence and a neo-Nazi gang. Monsters Like Us is a story of families, a story of abuse, a story about the search for redemption and the ways it takes shape over generations.

Karen Leeder and Ulrike Almut Sandig also recorded an episode for the podcast series „Nach dem Gedicht / After the Poem”, a part of the research project „AfterWords.Positioning German Poetry in the 20th Century and Beyond" at Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Oxford, in cooperation with Haus für Poesie.

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