- Libuša Moníková
was born in Prague in 1945. She immigrated to the Federal Republic
of Germany in 1971. She first taught at the universities of Kassel
and Bremen, and since 1981 lived as a freelance writer. In 1998
she died of cancer in Berlin. Her work has been critically acclaimed.
She won the 1991 Adelbert-von-Chamisso Prize. In her last, posthumously
published novel, she continues to pursue her main themes (loss and
suffering) and literary styles (a Kafkaesque realism); however,
in contrast to the strong female characters of her other works,
the main character is a man on the verge of a breakdown.
Der Taumel (Vertigo) from Der Taumel (Munich and
Vienna: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2000): Vol. 9, No. 1/2
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