Publication Date: 10/11/2022 ISBN: 9780349702025 Category:

1000 Coils of Fear

Olivia Wenzel, Priscilla Layne

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication Date: 10/11/2022 ISBN: 9780349702025 Category:
Hardback

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‘I have more privilege than any person in my family. And I’m still screwed.’

A young woman attends a play about the Berlin Wall coming down, and is the only Black person in the audience.

She is sitting with her boyfriend by a bathing lake, and four neo-Nazis show up.

She is having sex with a stranger in New York, and Donald Trump wins the US presidential election.

Engaging in a witty question and answer with herself, she takes stock of our rapidly changing times, sometimes angry, sometimes amused, sometimes afraid, and always passionate. And she tells the story of her family: Her mother, a punk in former East Germany who never had the freedom she dreamed of. Her Angolan father, who returned to his home country before she was born to start a second family. Her grandmother, whose life of obedience to party principles brought her prosperity and security but not happiness. And her twin brother, who took his own life at the age of nineteen.

Heart-rending, opinionated and wry, Olivia Wenzel’s remarkable debut novel is a clear-sighted investigation into origins and belonging, the roles society wants to force us into and why we need to resist them, and the freedoms and fears that being the odd one out brings.

‘So exuberant, inventive, brainy, sensitive and hilarious that it’s like a pyrotechnic flare illuminating the whole woman, past and present, radiant, unique, a voice and a novel to take with us into the future.’
FRANCISCO GOLDMAN, author of Monkey Boy

‘Bold and exceptional . . . Her impressive writing, born of a brilliant mind, surprises – stylistically, and by its frankness and associations . . . I rode in the passenger seat, beside the beauty and strangeness of 1000 Coils of Fear.’
LYNNE TILLMAN, author of Men and Apparitions and Mothercare

‘An audacious and disturbing novel.’
MICHELLE DE KRETSER, author of Scary Monsters

‘An exciting, confident debut.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Impressive, relentless, tender.’ Faz

Publisher Review

So exuberant, inventive, brainy, sensitive and hilarious that it's like a pyrotechnic flare illuminating the whole woman, past and present, radiant, unique, a voice and a novel to take with us into the future. -- FRANCISCO GOLDMAN, author of Monkey Boy Bold and exceptional . . . Her impressive writing, born of a brilliant mind, surprises - stylistically, and by its frankness and associations. An uncompromising consciousness leaps from sentence to sentence, city to city, in love, depressed, alienated, afraid, and contradictory . . . I rode in the passenger seat, beside the beauty and strangeness of 1000 Coils of Fear -- LYNNE TILLMAN, author of Men and Apparitions and Mothercare Wenzel debuts with a powerful portrait of a woman finding, losing, and rediscovering herself in 21st-century Germany . . . Her simple but affecting story is told through scattered memories and personal histories . . Captivating . . . An exciting, confident debut * Publishers Weekly * An audacious and disturbing novel -- MICHELLE DE KRETSER, author of Scary Monsters German musician, performer, and playwright Wenzel makes an auspicious fiction debut . . . A prismatic novel, thoughtful and unsettling * Kirkus Reviews * Impressive, relentless, tender * FAZ * This book is a must -- Reader review A strong debut, a touching family story * rbb Kultur * A debut novel as layered and melodic as any symphony or opera. -- Karla Strand * Ms Magazine * Wenzel's unique literary voice carries the reader through meditations on origins, grief, racial identity, love, and belonging. * Booklist * From the moment I started 1000 Coils of Fear I was sucked in by Olivia's distinct style, biting yet swirling. In a bristling translation from Priscilla Layne, the cool, understated prose expresses so much of what goes unsaid about the weight of history, how you are perceived as you move through the world and the choices that come with deciding how you want to live. There is a humour, as we see a living where two people share private jokes about the mucus-y chain smoker next door and the meals that you cook repeatedly at dinner parties because you know they'll always go down well. It is refreshing to read a contemporary book that speaks so much to that period in your life where you are finding your feet, recollecting while plotting. -- Tice Cin Wenzel writes with humour and emotion about loneliness and finding joy in life within the roles society assigns you * Bookseller *

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