Katrin Seddig studied philosophy in Hamburg, where she now lives with her family. The Tagesspiegel called her a “a captivating narrator”; Spiegel Online praised her “impressive emotional depth and precision”. Her most recent book was The Village (2017). Katrin Seddig was awarded the Hamburg Literary Prize for her new novel Safety Zone even before publication.
Hamburg, 2017, shortly before the controversial G20 summit. The Koschmieder family’s life seems to be moving along unaffected, they have a comfortable lifestyle in Marienthal. But the closer the summit comes, the further the external conflicts are dragged into the family. Imke, the daughter, is active against the G20 and becomes increasingly radical, encouraged by friends. Her brother Alexander is a policeman and has no doubts about what needs to be done, perhaps as a way of containing his inner turmoil.
Suddenly the siblings are on opposing sides in the hot, explosive city that summer. When their mother takes part in a political art protest, their father gets caught up in a skirmish and Imke unexpectedly experiences violence and friendship, all the lines become blurred. The situation is a test for all of them. Katrin Seddig’s family drama portrays an unsettled society in which all the certainties are shaken. Who is telling the real story? And is that really all that matters in the end?