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Dörte Hansen - book author

Dörte Hansen was born in 1964, learned several languages such as Gaelic, Finnish and Basque and was awarded a PhD in linguistics. She then turned to journalism, spent several years working as an editor for NDR and is now an author for radio and print. Altes Land is her first novel.

Dörte Hansen is the author of books: This House Is Mine, Mittagsstunde, Fliegen, tanzen, wirbeln, beben: Vignetten eines Frauenlebens - Mit einem Essay von Virginia Woolf (Manesse Bibliothek 10)

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A bestselling German novel about two women connected by their experiences in and around a special old house.

Told in skillfully-crafted alternating points of view and a non-linear storyline, Hansen's bestselling debut novel showcases her impressive talent for characterization and dialog in an unusual book that combines emotional depth and humor. She immerses the reader in a series of brightly lit or obscure scenes that call for close reading and offer many rewards. The author's sparse language and sometimes oblique references make for a deeply immersive reading experience, and the characters will resonate long after the last page has been turned. Readers of Anthony Doerr and M.L. Stedman will find much to love here.

All her life Vera has felt like a stranger in the old and drafty farmhouse she arrived in as a five-year-old refugee from East Prussia in 1945, and yet she can’t seem to let it go. 60 years later, her niece Anne suddenly shows up at her door with her small son– Anne has fled the trendy Hamburg neighborhood she never fit into when her relationship implodes. Vera and Anne are strangers to each other, but have much more in common than they think. As the two strong-willed and very different women share the great old house, they surprisingly find what they have never searched for: a family.
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Die Wolken hängen schwer über der Geest, als Ingwer Feddersen, 47, in sein Heimatdorf zurückkehrt. Er hat hier noch etwas gutzumachen. Großmutter Ella ist dabei, ihren Verstand zu verlieren, Großvater Sönke hält in seinem alten Dorfkrug stur die Stellung. Er hat die besten Zeiten hinter sich, genau wie das ganze Dorf. Wann hat dieser Niedergang begonnen? In den 1970ern, als nach der Flurbereinigung erst die Hecken und dann die Vögel verschwanden? Als die großen Höfe wuchsen und die kleinen starben? Als Ingwer zum Studium nach Kiel ging und den Alten mit dem Gasthof sitzen ließ? Mit großer Wärme erzählt Dörte Hansen vom Verschwinden einer bäuerlichen Welt, von Verlust, Abschied und von einem Neubeginn.