"For my bagage" is the dedication in the author's new book, which last year erected a monument to her great-grandmother with the acclaimed novel Bagage. Monika Helfer now, in a way, continues what she started there and recounts a piece of her family history again in her dazzling and unpretentious style. Only almost better, as the Süddeutsche writes, so touching and yet lightand "spotted". The daddy (Hanser 2021), of whom the book reports, is not a man who was particularly weighed by fate: with only one leg he returns from Russia, must bury the dream of a science degree and instead becomes administrator in a war victim recreation home in the mountains? and an almost manic reader. Monika Helfer talks to Anke Detken about her memoir, which gently tells of the existential and remains painfully remembered.