Enter the gender language
For many, gender is an important political issue – for others it’s just a debate about the elite. It’s similar with other issues when city and country meet.
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Dusseldorf Stefan lives in Hamburg, he is the head of the culture department of the weekly newspaper “Der Put”, completely rational, single, 46 years old. Teresa, 43, farmer, married, two children, lives in Schott, 80 kilometers west of Berlin, 451 inhabitants, 28 percent of AfD voters. “Sparsely populated, socially poor, largely forgotten by the world. Flat landscapes, barren sandy soils, dry pine forests. Malls and wind farms. Very much in contrast to Hamburg and Alster.”
Welcome to the struggle. In a conflict between Stefan (“Stevie”) and Teresa (“Tessa”). Together, for yourself – and for society as a whole. They are the protagonists of Julie Zeh’s new novel Zwischen Welten, which she wrote this time with Simon Urban.
When they were students, Stefan and Tessa lived together in a communal apartment in Münster. The two literature students never outgrew platonic friendship. They sat together on WG’s couch, and talked about God, the world, and Martin Walser.
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