Monsters Like Us (HB)


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Author: Ulrike Almut Sandig
Translated by Karen Leeder

9780857429834 | HB | pp. 230 | 2022 | Seagull Books

Monsters Like Us by Ulrike Almut Sandig is a novel about two young friends growing up on divergent paths in the last days of Communist East Germany.

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Monsters Like Us is a novel of two young friends growing up on divergent paths in the last days of Communist East Germany. What is it like to be young and broken in a country that is on the brink of collapse? This is what acclaimed poet and sound artist Ulrike Almut Sandig shows us in her debut novel, through the story of old friends Ruth and Viktor in the last days of Communist East Germany. The two central characters are inseparable since kindergarten, but they are forced to go their different ways to escape their difficult childhood: Ruth into music and the life of a professional musician; Viktor into violence and a neo-Nazi gang. Monsters Like Us is a story of families, a story of abuse, a story about the search for redemption and the ways it takes shape over generations. More than anything, it is about the stories we tell ourselves about who we are, and who we want to be. Bold, brutal, and lyrical, this is a coming-of-age novel that charts the hidden violence of the world we live in today.


Ulrike Almut Sandig
Translator: Karen Leeder







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About the Author

The author was born in Großenhain in 1979 and grew up in Saxony. She has published two books of short stories Flamingos (2010) and Book Against Disappearing (2015), and four volumes of poetry. She often collaborates with filmmakers, composers, sound artists and musicians, and has won many prizes, including the Leonce and Lena Prize 2009 and the Literary Prize of the Federation of German Industries 2017. She lives in Berlin.


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