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Translated by Jozef van der Voort


THESE SEVEN ENTHRALLING essays by one of Switzerland’s most promising German-language writers are vivid, open-ended pieces that tackle a diverse array of subjects. From Heidi and her grandfather, through missionary work in Papua New Guinea in the 1980s, to a lockdown kestrel webcam diary, the essays draw entertaining links between the author’s own biography, the condition of contemporary Switzerland, and the wider world, and provide, in effect, a satisfyingly contextualising afterword for the series as a whole.

Tabea Steiner was born in 1981 and studied history and German language and literature. She is the founder of the Thun Literature Festival, co-organiser of the Aprillen book festival in Bern, and a member of the jury for the Swiss Literature Awards. Her debut novel Balg was nominated for the 2019 Swiss Book Prize. In 2020 she was awarded a project grant by the Landis & Gyr Foundation. She was also the recipient in 2021 of the Zollikon art prize and is a member of the RAUF collective of women authors. She lives in Zurich.


Jozef van der Voort is a literary and academic translator working from German and Dutch into English, currently employed as an in-house translator at the German Historical Institute London. His previously published translations include the chapbook Something Has To Happen by Maartje Wortel for the Strangers Press VERZET series.