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Look for the story 'The Age of Migration', forthcoming in the journal Ploughshares. Read the stories 'Evangeline, or Theories of Childhood Development', in this winter's Iowa Review, and 'Mrs. Trefoil's Parlor' in the current special edition of The Michigan Quarterly, edited by the brilliant poet Heather McHugh.


Kai's new, fresh translation of The Lulu Plays, by Frank Wedekind, enjoyed a full-length staged reading in October under the aegis of the New York Theater Workshop with director Tea Alagic, and is currently in development. Stand by for more news on this bold project.


A full-length play, Paul and Emile, or 'The Masterpiece', had a first staged reading in February 2018 at Moving Parts Theater, Paris, and is scheduled for more. Contact Kai for further information. A short radio play, Consume by..., is up on the podcast Little Wonder Radio Plays, with a new piece, Black Gold, to be produced early 2019.


Read for Kai's posts on politics, art, and everyday life from a Euro-perspective.


Other recent stories, essays and poetry translations have appeared in the journals Epiphany, Consequence, Agni and Southwest Review.



About Broken Ground

"I have read [Broken Ground] with the greatest admiration. It seems to me extraordinary... a significant contribution to the literature of contemporary Germany."

John Coetzee

Hardcover: 320 pages ; Shoemaker & Hoard; (October 2003); ISBN: 1593760051


Kaethe Schalk was born out of a love affair between an American soldier turned communist sympathizer and a German refugee. Raised by her grandparents, she eventually reunited with her father, a rising bureaucrat in East Germany, and she, too, joined the cause. Upon her later defection to West Berlin, she married into an old but impoverished aristocratic family. As she observed the turmoil of postwar German partition, the protests of the 1960s, the building of the Berlin wall and its eventual destruction, and German unification, she also attempted to raise a family. Now, living an isolated life on the New England farm of her girlhood, she returns to Berlin to seek her daughter, who has gone missing. While she roams, astonished, through the dark underbelly of a newly whole and prosperous Berlin, she is also haunted by her own history. The prose is stupendous as Maristed's entangled layers of plot allow a look at modern Berlin through the eyes of its turbulent past.

Michael Spinella
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