Astrid Kofler was born in 1965 in Bozen. She studied German Language Studies and Theater Sciences and works as a freelance journalist and author. She is also a filmmaker. So it is no surprise that the first pages of her book Lebenskörner read like a camera shot at the beginning of a film telling stories of yesterday.

On Easter Monday in 1927, the peddler Giuseppe and his youngest daughter wander from farm to farm selling seeds. Seventy years later, Rosina drives off a curvy cliff into the valley below. Rosina’s and Giuseppe’s lives invite the reader to be a part of it all. Astrid Kofler offers gentle and complex insight into the fate of the people of South Tyrol, before the backdrop of political upheaval.

Cautiously, she depicts chapters from times past and knits them into the story of a village so that it seems it could still all exist today. The villagers are the focal point, their everyday dealings with one another, the usual confrontations, and the essence of life: birth and death, love, work and food.

Title: Lebenskörner
Author: Astrid Kofler
Year of Release: 2010
Publisher: Haymon Verlag
ISBN: 978-3852186320

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