‘The Pine Islands’
Suhrkamp, September 2017
Shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2017
University lecturer and beard researcher Gilbert Silvester is in shock. Last night, he dreamt that his wife was cheating on him. So, in an absurd knee-jerk reaction, he leaves her, boards the first possible plane and flies off to Japan to get some distance. There, he happens upon the classical poet Bashō’s travelogues and suddenly he has a goal: like the ancient wandering monks, he too wants to see the moon over the pine islands. But before he can even set off, he encounters the student Yosa, who is on the road with a very different type of travel reading: the Complete Manual of Suicide.
Marion Poschmann was born in 1969 in Essen and studied German Studies, Philosophy and Slavic Studies. She currently lives in Berlin. Poschmann has been recognised for her poetry and prose many times, and was most recently awarded the 2011 Peter Huchel Prize and the 2011 Ernst Meister Prize for poetry.