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"I am a child of war, a child of refugees, a child of German division," says the first-person narrator at the beginning of the story Keine Angst. It is a German life of the 20th century that Helga Schubert sketches in her volume Vom Aufstehen (Getting Up), as she tells of her early imprints, her traumatized, cold-hearted mother, her places of longing, and everyday life in the GDR.

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These are touching, unpathetic, life-smart, short stories, from which Ulrich Matthes has now selected some for his reading at the Deutsches Theater. In 2020, at the age of 80, Helga Schubert won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for the book's last, titular story.

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