Berit Glanz: Pixel Dancers

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Literary Prize

Berit Glanz
Pixel Dancers

novel, new

256pp (55,200 words)

>> Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Literary Prize
>> Nominated for the HOTLIST 2019 of Independent Publishers


Elisabeth, known to everyone as Beta, works at a start-up: her everyday life is a whirl of pitches and teambuilding exercises, while in her scant free time she develops models of animals on 3D printers and eats her way through Berlin’s various ice-cream parlours.
When a stranger with the alias Toboggan contacts her via a peculiar app, it changes her life. His profile picture arouses her curiosity, but instead of an answer he sends her on a hunt for virtual clues. It leads Beta to the story of two artists, Lavinia and Walter, a couple in the 1920s who performed expressionist dance theatre wearing whole-body masks and broke with bourgeois convention. Instead of liberating them from social pressures, however, the story ends in tragedy – and Lavinia reaching for a weapon.

The more Beta learns about Lavinia, the more she comes to identify with her devotion to art and explores possible ways out, the more she longs to break free of her own superficial existence. A trip to Barcelona offers her and her team the unforeseen opportunity to transform technology into the absurd or even into art – and Beta seizes her chance.

Reviews

»A sophisticated novel about how the subtle compulsion of the creative working world turns even resistance into support of the system.«
Insa Wilke, Süddeutsche Zeitung

»Seemingly effortlessly, Berit Glanz combines the two worlds and demonstrates what we can learn and experience from the past, from old books and costumes, old dreams and old strategies. Brilliant and encouraging.«
Volker Weidermann, Spiegel online

»Berit Glanz goes beyond the scope of the classical novel, linking her text to the virtual world.«
Marlen Hobrack, der Freitag

»One of the most interesting new books of this season. (...) A cleverly composed, fascinating debut.«
Oliver Pfohlmann, Der Tagesspiegel

»Glanz writes about the wonderful side of the internet, about its endless possibilities of immersion and educatation. (...) A most significant contribution to the genre of the quasidystopic contemporary novel.«
Jan Jekal, die tageszeitung

»A fascinating first novel celebrating the absurd and erratic element in the past and present. (...) Superb.«
Katharina Manzke, BücherMagazin

»PIXEL DANCERS links contemporary art with the artists of the Weimar Republic.«
Cornelia Geißler, Berliner Zeitung