The year is 1994. In a Carinthian village at the foot of the Karawanken, the narrator sits under a truck and watches the world and the people from her knees down. She is eleven years old and plays hide-and-seek with her friend Luca from Bosnia. For the last time, because the family is moving. The farm has become too small for the mother's ambition, who only has one thing on her mind - becoming a citizen!
Little by little, more and more neighbors arrive to help with the move, and the child in his hiding place begins to talk about his fear of being drowned in the cat pond because he has short hair. Because it's wearing boy's jeans. Because she is secretly in love with Luca. She's not the only one who has to hide something. She knows stories about the newcomers that allow us to look into deep abysses and yet also awaken compassion.
In her debut novel, Julia Jost describes growing up in an archaic mountain world between the regulars' table and the confessional - and how one survives here as a strange child and defies the given order: thanks to a tender friendship and through a wild, exuberant narrative that makes reality better, than she is.
“A rich and rich book. This cheerful evilness may lead to the betterment of the world or to the nearest tavern.”
Julia Jost, born in 1982 in Carinthia, Austria, studied philosophy, sculpture and theater directing. She worked as a director and dramaturge in the independent scene as well as, among other things. at the Thalia Theater Hamburg. In 2019 she was awarded the Kelag Prize for an excerpt from Where the sharpest tooth in the Karawanken... Her play ROM will premiere at the Volkstheater Vienna in April 2024. Julia Jost lives in Vienna and Berlin.