A fearless novel from 1929: Mela Hartwig debates the gender theories on a level with the contradictions of her time and manages to unsettle her audience even 80 years later.
»If someone is scared of getting older, they should try Grenzland Zwischenland. Who relates old age to anxiety and despair will not find better words of comfort.« (Karl-Markus Gauss, SZ)
»In her tales, Helbich achieves a tremendous effect with the elaborate combination of simple descriptions. She finds words for the unspeakable.« (Isabella Pohl, Der Standard)
Tinged with autobiographical details, Helbich’s text The House tells the story of a woman over 60, who, against any reason and against the well-meaning advice of her friends, grants herself her dearest wish and buys an old house.
»I would like to suggest contemplating those novels by Peter Handke or Christoph Ransmayr, by Elfriede Jelinek or Urs Widmer, published throughout the last two and a half decades, from another angle for a change – as if those authors were Hoffer’s successors.« (Hermann Wallmann, WDR)
A year in the lives of a mother and daughter.
A pointy and humorours portrait of middle-class living today. Both want to break free from the straight and narrow path in order to scrutinise – and ultimately understand – one another.