Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning

Women in Translation: Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning

Competition published on August 12, 2016.

In support of Women in Translation Month, an international discussion designed to address the underrepresentation of female authors in translated fiction, we have teamed up with Comma Press to offer 3 copies of the debut German-English short story collection Swallow Summer by award-winning author Larissa Boehning, translated by Lyn Marven to be won by entering our competition below.

 

Two music producers pack up their studio along with their dreams of ever making it in the industry after too many bands fail to pay their bills…

A woman takes up an invitation to visit an ex-lover in Arizona, only to find his apartment is no bigger than a motel room…

A former drama student runs into an old classmate from ten years before, hardly recognising the timid creature he has become…

Each character in Larissa Boehning’s debut collection experiences a moment where they’re forced to confront how differently things turned out, how quickly ambitions were shelved, or how easily people change. Former colleagues meet up to reminisce about the failed agency they used to work for; brothers-in-law find themselves co-habiting long after the one person they had in common passed away; fellow performers watch as their careers slowly drift in opposite directions. Boehning’s stories offer a rich store of metaphors for this abandonment: the downed tools of a deserted East German factory, lying exactly where they were dropped the day Communism fell; the old, collected cameras of a late father that seem to stare, wide-eyed, at the world he left behind. And yet, underpinning this abandonment, there is also great resilience. Like the cat spotted by a demolition worker in the penultimate story that sits, unflinching, as its home is bulldozed around it, certain spirits abide.

 

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning, simply fill in the form below:

The Competition is closed.

 

Swallow Summer by Larissa Boehning (trans. Lyn Marven), published by Comma Press on 18th August, 2016 in paperback at £9.99

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