Series: On the margins

Barbara Yelin, Thomas von Steinaecker

The Summer of Her Life

Translator

Tatjana Jambrišak

Series: On the margins

Barbara Yelin, Thomas von Steinaecker

The Summer of Her Life

Translator

Tatjana Jambrišak

Gerda lives in a retirement home and feels like her end is near. While she tries to face the realities of assisted living, she reminisces about her life in the 1960s. She was a brilliant schoolgirl with a talent for astrophysics, which earned her some nasty looks because she was a woman, who then became a promising scientist who found herself choosing between love and international career during that summer of her life…

“The Summer of Her Life”, first cooperation between the author Thomas von Steinaecker and brilliant German illustrator Barbara Yelin, is a warm human story about the topics which we usually avoid: life in a retirement home, the correctness of life decisions and about what it really means to be happy. 

“Subtle and deep, moving and funny, sad and true – told like a colourful dream. Marvelous!” – Doris Dörrie

“The meaning of success in life, happiness and the connection between time and eternity – these are awfully big question for such a small work. And not only are they being asked; they are being answered.” – Richard Kämmerlings, Die WeltIn

Writer

Barbara Yelin

Barbara Yelin was born in 1977 in Munich and studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. She became known as a comic book artist in France. Her first publication in Germany was Gift in 2010…

Writer

Thomas von Steinaecker

Thomas von Steinaecker is a German author, journalist, comic book critic, essayist and director. He studied literature in München and Cincinnati. He writes radio dramas and has filmed documentaries about Tolstoy, John Cage, Richard Strauss and Leonard Bernstein and several tv shows…

Translator

Tatjana Jambrišak

Tatjana Jambrišak graduated with a degree in English and German language and literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. She translated a large number of comic book to Croatian, notable among which are: A. Spiegelman’s Maus, N. Gaiman’s Sandman, C. Thompson’s Dekice, C. Burns’s Crna rupa, A. Moore’s Pakao, W. Ellis’s and D. Robertson’s Transmetropolitan …