»A profoundly moving book. The word ‘autofiction’ does not at all do the work justice. What we are reading is the spiritual and literary examination of a terrible misfortune. As if out of the blue, a catastrophe shatters a life—and then, broken, it is pieced back together again and goes on. I am tremendously impressed with how Maike Wetzel tells this story.« Daniel Kehlmann
After studying at the University for TV and Film (HFF) Munich and in Great Britain, Maike Wetzel lives in Berlin as a writer, playwright and screenwriter. She has received numerous scholarships and literary awards. Part of the stories in Distant Beloved /Entfernte Geliebte (2019) were written at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles. Her debut novel Elly (2018) was awarded the Robert Gernhardt Prize, among others. The English translation by Lyn Marven was named one of the "ten best new books in translation by the Guardian. Her short stories were also translated in numerous languages. PROLL! by Adrian Figueroa, based on a screenplay by Maike Wetzel, won the German Short Film Award among others. In November 2023 the new play PAUKEN will premiere at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) in Berlin.