Germany, Switzerland, Austria

Arnon Grünberg

Blauer Montag (1997)
Statisten (1999)
Phantomschmerz (2003)
Der Vogel ist krank (2005)
Gnadenfrist (2006)
Der Heilige des Unmöglichen (2007)
Tirza (2008)
Mitgenommen (2010)
Mit Haut und Haaren (2012)
Der jüdische Messias (2013)
Der Mann, der nie krank war (2014)
Muttermale (2016)
Die Datei (2017)

Marek van der Jagt

Amour fou (2002)
Monogam (2003)

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Original title Moedervlekken (2016)
Year 2016
Country Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Language German
Translator Rainer Kersten and Andrea Kluitmann



Otto Kadoke works as a psychiatrist at a crisis center: his task is to keep people with a death wish alive. One day, when he visits his old, needy mother, one of her Nepalese caretakers opens the door wearing nothing but a bathroom towel. The psychiatrist, always bend on sticking to protocol, is overwhelmed by feelings of love for the girl; as a consequence, from now on he will have to arrange taking care of his mother by himself.

Kadoke has no children, is middle aged, but not unattractive to physicians in training: he has managed to seduce several of them. After yet another transgressive encounter - this time with a suicidal young woman – both Kadoke’s professional and private life start falling apart: his mother’s house is turned into an outpatient crisis center.

Birthmarks is a ruthless novel about a son’s love for his mother and father, and vice versa. A book about two people unable to live – or die – without each other.

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