The Last House
by Judith Keller

Published October 29
Preorders will ship on October 29
Translated from German by Katy Derbyshire.
32 pages
isbn: 978-3-944801-24-7
isbn: 978-3-944801-27-8


Judith Keller’s story brings the streets of Bogotá to life in electrifying detail. As the narrator makes her way from the center of the city to its outskirts, a tumultuous portrait emerges, teeming with life, shaken by unrest. Her search for “the last house,” the house that marks the end of civilization, is as much an exploration of the role of the observer in society as it is an inquiry into urban identity. In their striking originality, Keller’s descriptions remind us that the depiction of a city can be its invention.

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

Judith Keller grew up in Switzerland, and studied creative writing in Biel and Leipzig. She studied German as a foreign language in Berlin and Bogotá, and now lives and studies in Zurich.

Katy Derbyshire is an award-winning London-born translator living in Berlin. She focuses on contemporary writers such as Clemens Meyer, Inka Parei, Sibylle Lewitscharoff, Simon Urban, Helene Hegemann, Tilman Rammstedt, and Dorothee Elmiger. Katy writes about German books and writers at Love German Books and Going Dutch with German Writers.