Erzählzeit 2022

Reading by Katerina Poladjan from her new novel "Zukunftsmusik"

"Zukunftsmusik" by Katerina Poladjan

Katerina Poladjan was born in Moscow in 1971 and has lived in Germany since 1979. She studied applied cultural sciences at Leuphana University in Lüneburg and performing arts in Munich. She is known as a writer, actor and radio play performer.

Her prose debut "In einer Nacht, woanders" was followed by "Vielleicht Marseille", and together with Henning Fritsch she wrote the literary travelogue "Hinter Sibirien". In June 2019, the novel "Hier sind Löwen" was published by S. Fischer Verlag. "Zukunftsmusik" is her fourth novel and was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2022.

"Zukunftsmusik" is the story of a departure: thousands of versts east of Moscow, grandmother, mother, daughter and granddaughter live in cramped quarters in a Kommunalka under the crumbling plaster of a bygone era. It is 11 March 1985, the beginning of a new era of which no one is yet aware. Everyone is going about their daily lives. The engineer next door tries to sort his life into boxes, Varvara helps a child into the world, Maria dreams of love, Janka wants to sing in the kitchen in the evening. It is a novel about four lives at a turning point, about a vanished world that still has an effect today, about the absurdity of existence and the big question of the here and now: What to do?