Leipzig (AP) - The writer Daniela Krien (44) breaks down big issues on a personal level - with success. The latest novel by Leipzig-based author Die Liebe im Ernstfall is one of five nominated books for this year's Independent Bookstore Award ("Favorite Book of Independents").
In "Die Liebe im Ernstfall", Krien writes of the tornness of middle-aged women between family and work. She knows the dilemma from her own experience. The single parent, who was born in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and grew up in the Vogtland, has two daughters. In addition to writing, the author is mainly concerned with the care of her 13-year-old daughter, who has been severely disabled since being vaccinated as a baby.
At first she wanted to process her own story and that of her daughter in her latest novel, Krien says. Then she felt that the topic was too close to her own everyday life - and wrote a book about five female figures. "It was important to me to write about what we women are stuck with," says Krien of the German Press Agency. "We try to build a family, to maintain it, at the same time to be successful in business but also to be there for the children", she describes the dilemma. Any component is getting too short.
Socially, women are expected to achieve success at work and a well-functioning family, Krien observes. That build up pressure. Women were virtually forced to fight this "feminist struggle". But other life concepts would have to be recognized, the author finds. Her literary claim: "I want to show what is happening in this society, where there are conflicts everywhere and how they affect the families." The search for love and for being suspended is also a topic in the novel.
Krien lives since 2012 separated from the father of her children. Even in her circle of acquaintances, many women had separated from the father of the children - "often because of unfulfillably high mutual expectations," Krien suspects. This failure was her theme in "Love in an emergency". For a long time he did not read a novel that was as entertaining as it was psychologically clever about the reality of life and love of grown-up people in the Federal Republic of Germany today, judges the literary critic Denis Scheck.
Krien taught the letter autodidactically. When her daughters are at school, she works. "Sometimes I write down just one sentence." This often leads to a story. But the children limit their creative time: If they come back from school, Krien can not write anymore. Then she cares.
It is not an easy task: "Acceptance of people like my daughter is low," notes Krien again and again - at cultural events, in the ice cream café. Her daughter can not speak, but make sounds of herself. That bother many people. "There is virtually no inclusion of people like my daughter." The resulting isolation, even for her as a mother, was a great burden.
The enthusiastic rider finds strength in nature. At Leipzig she especially appreciates the greenery and the surrounding lake landscape, she says. The Protestant is also suffering from her belief. As a result, she can accept the disability of her daughter as a fate that enriches her.
For without the severe mental disability of her child, Krien might never have published a book. During her studies of cultural, media and communication sciences in Leipzig she became a mother. Afterwards, the question arose as to the job: With the nursing burden a professional perspective in the cultural sector had been excluded. So Krien sat down and wrote her debut novel "Someday we'll tell everything" in a river. "And then it worked out with the first novel," says the author with a big smile.
She has just written a screenplay for her debut with her friend and director Emily Atef ("3 Days in Quiberon"). It would look good that "Someday we will tell everything" is filmed, so Krien. Now she is reworking the narrative volume "Muldental", which is to be reissued by her publishing house Diogenes. And then she wants to settle on another novel - in the hours when her daughters are out of the house.
Love in an emergency
Favorite book of the independents
Author's presentation Daniela Krien of the publishing house Diogenes