How many images do we have of ourselves? Of others? Of our culture? In her book, Zsófia Bán finds many ways, and as many captivating stories to ask and answer these questions. What is a picture? An image? Is it the shift in life, love, and chemistry, as one person replaces the other in the snapshots of a love triangle’s unexpected events? Or the flickering attraction between a taxi driver and a passenger, doomed because some things are just too hard to change? Is it the intimate secret behind the first ever X-ray picture and its laconic caption made by Wilhelm Röntgen in 1895? From the jigsaw pieces of recurring motifs and characters throughout the book, we can also discover a family history played out in 20th century Eastern Europe and outposts of exile from Antarctica to South America, told from the perspective of mothers and daughters. When There Were Only Animals is a book about relationships. It is wonderful, passionate, and clever. And very entertaining.
A passionate book about relationships
Shortlisted for Der Internationaler Literaturpreis 2014
ISBN 978 963 1430 10 3
2012, hard cover with jacket
216 pages, 123×184 mm
German, Suhrkamp – Shortlisted for Der Internationaler Literaturpreis 2014
English excerpts, complete German translation available