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Der Brand

The Fire

Published by Diogenes as Der Brand
Original Title: Der Brand

Rahel and Peter have been married for almost 30 years. They have settled into their lives, appreciate and respect each other, and have raised two children.
Quietly and imperceptibly at first, then with a loud bang, the love has taken its leave from their marriage. They embark on a summer vacation, intended to salvage what still remains between them, and to answer the question of how and with whom they want to spend their later years.


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»The novel is a plea for not giving up. Neither on yourself, nor others.«

Claudia Ingenhoven / MDR Kultur, Leipzig

»This being a Daniela Krien novel, the plot develops with summer-like ease; its intellectual depth is revealed almost incidentally.«

Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»Not one word too many.«

Peer Teuwsen / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»Daniela Krien has Rahel dive down deeper with every passing day - into the fear of aging, to her failings as a mother, down to the depths of her family history.«

Brigitte, Hamburg

»There’s barely anything more beautiful, elegant or gripping than Krien’s writing.«

Imke Weiter / Emotion, Hamburg

»Daniela Krien expertly links one episode to the next, lightly touching upon all the topics that she draws from the zeitgeist.«

Hadwiga Fertsch-Röver / HR2 Kultur, Frankfurt

»It's pure pleasure to read Daniela Krien's novel.«

Maria Frisé / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt

»With her new novel The Fire, the author from Leipzig once more proves her talent.«

Stern, Hamburg

»How Krien transports her characters away from the world and lets the topics of the present seep in in half sentences, is reminiscent of her previous works.«

Britta Heidemann / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»This novel is an absolute treasure trove – filled to the brim with literary delights, and swiftly engrossing.«

Peter Henning / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»Once again, Krien proves herself to be a grand master of creating a delicately poetic, multi-perspective diagnosis of the times.«

Gisa Funck / Deutschlandradio, Cologne

»The seismograph lines register precisely the state of affairs, but they don’t want to be right.«

Karin Grossmann / Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden

»A book about daughters and mothers; families, their secrets; about intimacy - and how, despite decades together, we remain individuals - and foreign to one another.«

Katja Kraft / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»You can’t help but think about aging while reading this calm yet intensely readable novel.«

Thomas Andre / Hamburger Abendblatt, Hamburg

»In clear, unadorned and cliché-free language, The Fire unites the individual with the societal, and even the private with the political.«

Martin Ebel / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»Daniela Krien’s The Fire achieves the masterstroke of touching upon the existential without flaunting it.«

Rainer Moritz / NZZ, Zurich

»She writes clearly and without frills. Her language is never banal, but always artfully literary.«

Anke Jahns / NDR Kultur, Hamburg

»The author Daniela Krien should be celebrated for her novel The Fire, because there are really few other books that work so well on so many levels.«

Denis Scheck / WDR 2, Cologne

»The novel is a plea for not giving up. Neither on yourself, nor others.«

Claudia Ingenhoven / MDR Kultur, Leipzig

»This being a Daniela Krien novel, the plot develops with summer-like ease; its intellectual depth is revealed almost incidentally.«

Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»Not one word too many.«

Peer Teuwsen / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»Daniela Krien has Rahel dive down deeper with every passing day - into the fear of aging, to her failings as a mother, down to the depths of her family history.«

Brigitte, Hamburg

»There’s barely anything more beautiful, elegant or gripping than Krien’s writing.«

Imke Weiter / Emotion, Hamburg

»Daniela Krien expertly links one episode to the next, lightly touching upon all the topics that she draws from the zeitgeist.«

Hadwiga Fertsch-Röver / HR2 Kultur, Frankfurt

»It's pure pleasure to read Daniela Krien's novel.«

Maria Frisé / Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurt

»With her new novel The Fire, the author from Leipzig once more proves her talent.«

Stern, Hamburg

»How Krien transports her characters away from the world and lets the topics of the present seep in in half sentences, is reminiscent of her previous works.«

Britta Heidemann / Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, Essen

»This novel is an absolute treasure trove – filled to the brim with literary delights, and swiftly engrossing.«

Peter Henning / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»Once again, Krien proves herself to be a grand master of creating a delicately poetic, multi-perspective diagnosis of the times.«

Gisa Funck / Deutschlandradio, Cologne

»The seismograph lines register precisely the state of affairs, but they don’t want to be right.«

Karin Grossmann / Sächsische Zeitung, Dresden

»A book about daughters and mothers; families, their secrets; about intimacy - and how, despite decades together, we remain individuals - and foreign to one another.«

Katja Kraft / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»You can’t help but think about aging while reading this calm yet intensely readable novel.«

Thomas Andre / Hamburger Abendblatt, Hamburg

»In clear, unadorned and cliché-free language, The Fire unites the individual with the societal, and even the private with the political.«

Martin Ebel / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»Daniela Krien’s The Fire achieves the masterstroke of touching upon the existential without flaunting it.«

Rainer Moritz / NZZ, Zurich

»She writes clearly and without frills. Her language is never banal, but always artfully literary.«

Anke Jahns / NDR Kultur, Hamburg

»The author Daniela Krien should be celebrated for her novel The Fire, because there are really few other books that work so well on so many levels.«

Denis Scheck / WDR 2, Cologne
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