My By My Side
by Birgit Birnbacher
Arthur, 22, quiet and intelligent, spends 26 months in prison. When he is finally released, he realises he won’t simply be given another chance. Without the right papers and references, he won’t be able to reintegrate into the real world. Together with his unconventional therapist Börd and his glamorous substitute mother Grazetta, he comes up with a clever plan. A small lie that could lead to absolute freedom .... With humour and empathy, Birgit Birnbacher, winner of the Bachmann Prize, tells the story of how somebody like Arthur could end up in prison at all, and explores the big question of what constitutes a “useful” life.
Birgit Birnbacher, born in 1985, lives as a sociologist and author in Salzburg. Her debut novel Wir ohne Wal was published in 2016 and was awarded the literature prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the Rauriser Förderungspreis and the Theodor Körner Förderpreis. In 2019 she was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
- Publisher Zsolnay
- Publication Date March 2020
- ISBN/Identifier PZ00000005
- Publish StatusPublished
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