I was twenty-one years old and wanted to be beautiful. I was beautiful. Nobody here would notice that I wore a blouse, spoke in the Saxon dialect, and had never before taken care of an elderly person.
April 1989: Shortly after his trip to West Berlin Dirk finds himself once again working as a caregiver in the Grunewald Residence. Not that he had any training. Not that he had ever wanted to stay. He had far bigger plans! Like back in the day, when in his home town of Schopkau he won the Russian Olympiad and the regional Spartakiade in roller speedskating – and was an informer for the Freie Deutsche Jugend. He wants to be a writer, a great poet! Or, at least, somebody else. Inhabiting alternative identities and invented biographies, Dirk cheats his way through his Wonderworld: Now playing the vicious dog for a transsexual prostitute, now dancing for Ceausescu on the streets of New York, now mimicking a learned psychologist while high on ecstasy.
Jörg Rehmann’s debut novel is a tragicomic cabinet of curiosities drawing on his childhood in East Germany and the gay scene of 1990s Berlin.
Jörg Rehmann
Mister Wonderworld
Kommode Verlag
320 pages, 11×18 CM

Romy and Silas want to die together. They made this promise to each other long ago. When Romy is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, their moment seems to have come. They have had it planned for a long time, down to the last detail, have chosen the day and the method, have decided how they want to spend their last hours, and who they want to find them…They sit together in front of their house among the dunes and hold hands, ready to go. A few hours later Silas wakes up. Next to him, in the rocking chair, is the lifeless body of his great love. Why did he not die himself?
The following hours pass in confusion, pain and desperation. Their mutual decision is placed in question, second-guessed. Questions surface about guilt and morality. Was it betrayal, or a proof of love?
Lu Bonauer
Lovers Among the Dunes
Kommode Verlag
160 pages, 11×18 CM