An extraordinary and controversial bestseller in Germany from a teenage literary prodigy - a cynical Catcher in the Rye of the noughties.
'Horrible lives are a godsend,' writes 16-year-old Mifti in her diary. Since the death of her mother, she has been living in Berlin in an increasingly dire state of disarray. Diagnosed as a 'pseudo stress-debilitated' problem child, she becomes enmeshed in the Berlin party scene, surviving her so called life through a haze of sex, drugs and club culture.
What sets Mifti apart is her hypersensitivity and her open, questioning curiosity about an older generation that doesn't seem to be able to care for its children. Torn between genius and madness, she delves into the language of adults, their conventions and toys with what she calls, 'the general decay of their worlds, where the pursuit of prosperity has led to neglect'.
This book is phenomenal. And Hegemann is a phenomenon. ... this book is already a literary sensation. - Suddeutsche Zeitung.
Helene Hegemann is the sensation of this season... Axolotl Roadkill is the big coming-of-age-novel for the Generation Zero. - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
This book is driven by a constant search, packed with spot-on observation and surprising ideas. Helene was offered the big stage - She jumped on it. - Der Spiegel.
Such a debut is very rare... a masterfully narrated surrealism... In its ripping rhetoric movement Axolotl Roadkill renders into an apocalyptic speech, in its literary gestures almost into absurdity. - Die Zeit
A book that is startlingly intelligent, pleasantly grotesque and deliciously eloquent. - Die Welt
There hasn't been a German debut with such force for a long time... - FAS