These five darkly comic vignettes are absurd modern fairy-tales, full of Chaplinesque slapstick and ominous imagery. Their tragicomic heroes must navigate adolescence and family life, poverty and humiliation, love and ambition – and perhaps even emerge with their dignity. From her break-out debut collection, these wildly original pieces demonstrate why Felicitas Hoppe is counted among the greatest living German writers.
was born in 1960 in Hameln, Germany. She is the author of numerous books, including The Hairdresser’s Picnic, the collection in which these pieces appear. In 2012 she received the Georg Büchner Prize, Germany’s most prestigious literary award. Felicitas Hoppe has taught at universities in Germany and the United States. She lives as a writer in Berlin.