Birgit Birnbacher

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Arthur, 22, quiet and intelligent, has spent 26 months in prison. Finally free again, he realizes that he won’t get another chance so easily. Without the right papers and certificates, they won’t let him back into real life.
Together with his therapist Börd and his glamorous surrogate mother Grazetta, he comes up with an ingenious plan: a little lie that could bring great freedom… Birgit Birnbacher humorously tells the story of how someone like Arthur can end up in prison in the first place, and explores the big question of what constitutes a “useful” life.

Birgit Birnbacher, born in 1985, is a sociologist and author. In 2016, her debut novel Wir ohne Wal (We without a Whale) was published, and she was awarded the Jürgen Ponto Foundation Literature Prize and the Theodor Körner Sponsorship Prize, among others. In 2019, she received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. She lives in Salzburg.

In the series Young Voices at LiZ.


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