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Life Stories – retold from a feminist perspective

Spain – Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Book Fair: With Elena Medel and María Castrejón

Literaturhaus Basel

Discussion in Spanish and German

Two young Spanish authors retell feminine life stories – and create a furore. Elena Medel’s debut novel ‘The Wonders’ received rave reviews. The novel recounts the modern history of Spain from the perspective of two women from different generations. A feminist bildungsroman about the powers that be, money, desire, maternal love, and the way these have all been turned against women since time immemorial. Eye-opening and beautiful. “In the space of just one book, this country’s best poet has transformed herself into the country’s best novelist.” (El País)

In the graphic novel ‘Annemarie’ the Spanish authorial duo Maria Casterjon (text) and Susanna Martín (illustrations) offer an emphatically feminist portrayal, and captivating account, of the life story of the author, journalist and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach. A ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ (NDR), published by Lenos Verlag, Basel.

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