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Lies About my Mother

Literaturhaus Basel

The novel tells of a childhood in the 1980s. The father is ambitious for promotion and recognition, and expects his wife to be attractive and presentable. But he gets carried away, and convinces himself she is too fat and will ruin his chances. Described from a child’s perspective, the novel is both a story of childhood and a questioning of those events from a contemporary perspective: What really happened then? What was concealed, covered up with lies? And what does it tell us about society? “Daniela Dröscher has written a razor-sharp, anti-patriarchal novel. An unsparing autobiographical work about the hell of marriage and the happiness of children.” (Paul Jandl, NZZ)

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