Steffen Schroeder was born in Munich in 1974. After training as an actor, he joined the ensemble of Vienna’s Burg Theater before moving to the Berlin Ensemble. He has played many TV roles, appearing on several shows as well as playing film roles in movies. He lives with his family in Potsdam.
MY SUMMER WITH ANJA
June, July, Anja. Steffen Schoeder’s intense novel about a special first love
It’s a scorching summer in the 1980s. All Konrad’s worries have melted away into the far distance, now that the school holidays have begun. He spends most of his time at an open-air swimming pool with his slightly handicapped friend Holger. One day, the pair find a dead woodpecker under their climbing tree. Next to it defiantly stands a girl. With short hair. Anja is different to all the other girls Konrad has ever known. She’s a runaway, sleeping rough and hiding out in the park. A secret friendship begins. Konrad brings her food and offers his help. They meet at the pool and go on excursions together. When they stumble across some tents belonging to a group of tramps, Konrad realises how headstrong Anja is – and how much danger she’s in. At this point he has already been in love with her for some time. Why did Anja run away from her family? How is it all going to end? Piece by piece, she reveals her story. To keep Anja hidden Konrad tells more and more lies and spends less time with Holger, who starts feeling the first pangs of jealousy. Konrad begins asking himself where he really belongs.