Dear A.
by Inga Machel

Published October 29
Preorders will ship on October 29
Translated from German by Donal McLaughlin.
32 pages
isbn: 978-3-944801-25-4
isbn: 978-3-944801-28-5


A traumatic childhood memory overcomes I., spurring a lucid, unsettling account of a stay in a children’s hospital, distorted and distilled by the passage time. By turns acerbic, poetic, and absurd, Inga Machel’s story recalls the works of Thomas Bernhard and Peter Handke, and unites a child’s imagination with the perception of a brilliant, troubled adult.

New German Fiction showcases fresh developments in German-language literature. The contest breaks new ground by offering both original-language publication and translation as prizes. Two winning entries by authors 30-and-under will be published in German by the literary magazine Edit, and in English by Readux Books, with German and English-language events in Leipzig and Berlin in summer and fall of 2014.

See pictures from the New German Fiction celebration in Berlin

Inga Machel was born in 1986 and studied creative writing and cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim. Since 2010, she has lived in Berlin as an author and editor.

Donal McLaughlin is an award-winning translator and the author of two short story collections. Based in Glasgow, he often interprets at readings and book festivals both in Scotland and other countries.