While I Remember
Ten years ago, Ingeborg had success with a novel which was praised for its diagnosis of the times. Now she is a part-time office worker in a temp agency, living alone with her dog in a city apartment. Her daughter has moved out and is hard at work putting her political ideas into concrete action. Ingeborg, for her part, wants to write a Ph.D. thesis on the author Ingeborg Bachmann – but her academic credentials are really not sufficient, and what’s worse, her friend Kristin is already a respected expert on the subject. Ingeborg longs for friendship and love, but all potential boyfriend candidates are either married, gay or quite simply not that bright.
Ingeborg response is to think – to think about utopias, about new and estranging technology, about whether the concept of class is still useful, about the mechanics and effects of capitalism, about her childhood and about lust. And she thinks about thinking.
With a satiric, yet deeply empathetic eye for its main character, While I Remember is a wonderfully entertaining and stimulating novel about hubris and insecurity, about female self-esteem, and hopeless, attractive men.