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The Shadow-Boxing Woman
In The Shadow-Boxing Woman, a novel from German writer Inka Parei, a decaying apartment building in post-Wall Berlin is home to Hell, a young woman with a passion for martial arts. When Hell’s neighbor disappears she sets out across the city in search of her. In the course of her quest, she falls in love with a bank robber, confronts her own dark memories, and ends up savi ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Seagull Books
(first published 1999)
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An extended meditation on decrepit Berlin apartments and the fidgety fingers of the people who live in them. Such amazing fidgety finger descriptions (and taking the trash out the to the alley descriptions, and waiting for the bus descriptions, and lurking at the cafe descriptions) that I feel like I can overlook the outdated Orientalism, the confusion about whether there is or is not a plot, the lame rape-revenge fantasy. Instead, I feel a bizarre kinship for the protagonist, a squatter who fre ...more
Inka Parei (born 1967 in Frankfurt) is a German writer who lives in Berlin. She studied sociology, political science, sinology and German studies. Parei won the 2003 Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for excerpts from her book Was Dunkelheit war.More about Inka Parei...