Rebekka Kricheldorf is one of the best-known German dramatists and her plays are premiered on the most prestigious stages such as the Deutscher Theater in Berlin, Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, and the Neumarkt Theater in Zürich. She was honoured with the Saarbrücken poetics lecturing post for drama in 2019. The Pleasure Principle is her first novel. Rebekka Kricheldorf lives in Berlin.
THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE
Wasting away your youth: Rebekka Kricheldorf‘s novel about a young woman in search of almost everything.
Berlin in the mid-nineties: the city is like a utopic promise, open to everyone. To Fabian, the drug-loving party animal, to the poetry-writing alky Lennard, to the manic-depressive Lily, to the failed children of the educated classes and to squatters who dabble in each and every area of life and art. In the midst of them all, Larissa wanders the streets after fleeing from the countryside. Unsure if she wants to study, she is also on the trail of several objects of affection: she dreams of finding the one, the unobtainable one, follows temptations, dabbles in a healthy monogamous relationship and eats her heart out with a serious sexual obsession. How much longer can she keep this all up?
The nineties are also full of crashes and precursors to gentrification. At some point Larissa will have to ask herself the eternal question, whether she wants to become a functioning member of society, or rather vanish like a holy outlaw into glamorous, subcultural slackerdom. This is a homage to the wildness and restlessness of Berlin and to the party era. Rebekka Kricheldorf‘s novel is a linguistic firecracker, pin-sharp and real.