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The Gentlemen's TailorThe Gentlemen's Tailor by Mariana Leky.
ISBN: 978-0-9834764-9-8
Publication Date: September 3, 2013
Price: $18.95

Pages: 170


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Katja’s fairy tale romance with her dentist comes to an abrupt end when she learns that he is having an affair. Just when it seems that things can’t get any worse, her husband is killed in a car accident. Filled with grief, Katja thinks she is going crazy, but then two mysterious men enter her life: Dr. Frederich Blank and Armin the fireman, whose uniform looks like it came from a costume shop. Armin cannot see Blank, who is recently deceased and has only returned to haunt the neighborhood in hope of visiting his wife one last time. Katja begins a relationship with Armin, which leads to serious consequences, just as holes begin appearing in Dr. Blank. When the doctor starts to fade away, Katja desperately applies bandages to patch his holes. In one moving scene, Blank visits his wife’s apartment and Katja, lifted up in the cherrypicker of Armin’s fire engine, watches the visit through the upper-floor window. But Katja quickly realizes that Blank’s wife cannot see him; she merely continues to kiss her new lover. Blank spends his remaining days easing Katja into her new role as a soon to be mother.

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Praise for The Gentlemen's Tailor
"As with the magic realism of South American authors, in Leky’s story the unusual and the unreal are embedded in the everyday.”

--Kölner Stadtanzeiger


“The strange and wonderful thing about this novel is that Leky, who was born in 1973, does exactly the opposite of what usually happens to someone who is lovesick. She does not make her narrator lament or complain, nor is her sorrow elevated to metaphorical heights. Instead, Leky breaks down everything that is emotional into tangible things.”

--Wiebke Porombka: Einfach nur die Hand heben
© die tageszeitung, 3 July 2010


About the Author
Mariana Leky was born in Cologne in 1973 and now lives in Berlin. After an apprenticeship in the retail book trade, she studied German Language and Literature and Cultural Studies at Tübingen. She also studied Creative Writing and Cultural Journalism at the University of Hildesheim. Her short stories have won several awards, including the the Allegra Prize in 2000 and the Literature Prize of Lower Saxony. Her debut a volume of short stories titled Liebesperlen was published in 2001, and In 2004 she published her first novel Erste Hilfe.


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