There’s a darkness on the edge of town

A mother who acknowledges that her alcoholic husband smashes the furniture instead of her face. Underestimated and even humiliated by her teachers just because of her timidity and her mum’s Turkish background. Growing up in the industrial suburbs with nothing to do apart from listening to Black Sabbath on repeat with her pals.

“Streulicht” by Deniz Ohde is arguably the most remarkable debut novel of the year. Unassuming and brilliantly evading any nostalgic tendencies, the young writer portrays a broken childhood whose traumas have been buried deep within for many years.

By Deniz Ohde
Published by Suhrkamp (

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