Ralf Rothmann

Ralf Rothmann

Ralf Rothmann (1953– ) is a German novelist and poet. His novels Knife Edge and Young Light have both been translated into English.

Knife Edge

by Ralf Rothmann

Translated from the German by Breon Mitchell

Knife Edge (Messers Schneide), originally published in Germany in 1986, introduces American readers to the work of Ralf Rothmann, an award-winning poet and novelist born in Schleswig in 1953. Set in West Berlin before the collapse of The Wall, Knife Edge on its surface is a sardonic love story gone awry. Manfred Assen, an indecisive writer-manqué who drives a taxi, is pursued by Iris, who insists on her entitlement, as a woman, to a child.…
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