Novel, ca. 280 Seiten | ISBN: 978-3-96258-00-2 | 25€ | PalmArtPress

Nominated for the German Book Prize 2018! -

Childhood indeed only ends when the story of our parents becomes our own, when we can no longer close our eyes before both their and our own abysses of the soul.

Maria-Maria travels to Romania to visit her father, who was injured in an accident, and to, despite his possessive lovers, care for him together with the other women. In his eyes, she, the daughter, has betrayed the real utopia of the Communist society. She on the other hand only sees him as the hardline Party rhetorician, who grandstanded as a moral authority, demanded sacrifices of others, while himself living a bigoted life.

Carmen-Francesca Banciu's new novel is about the death of a supposed patriot for whom fatherland, party, and the construction of a new society always came first, and about the love we hope for from our parents but which is denied to us – and which we ourselves might not be able to give. She explores the question of how to say farewell to one's parents, how to live with their lies, and what sort of personal change this might result in.

The novel's poetic language directly conveys the drama of personal relationships directly to the reader, who becomes one with the tale. Banciu observes the death of her father, she listens and waits. By repetition, her words gain their suggestive power. Banciu circles around her characters, draws from memories as much as from present-day experiences. One word implies the next. We experience how ideas rise and collapse again. Her requiem to the ideologically exalted family, the Party and Patria are full of courage and topicality.