You Would Have Missed Me

Birgit Vanderbeke

Read by Kristin Atherton

Translated by Jamie Bulloch

Spiracle Audiobooks & Peirene Press


Extent: 2:59:00

Audiobook ISBN: SPI-E-PEI-00001

RRP: £12

Publication date: 1 May 2023


This audiobook is co-published with Peirene Press.

As a young girl moves from East to West Germany in the 1960s, her clear eye and terrible experiences bring into focus the violence and lies of the adult world. What she sees tells us about the power of dreams for human beings – how necessary they are, how they make new things possible, and how destructive they can be. From her Nazi mother to her bitter father, the narrator’s gimlet eye sees how dreams of new worlds and alternative lives can produce horror.

Kristin Atherton’s reading has a magic all its own in its weaving together of the child and the adult, of the horror of reality and the hope of escape.

Cover: Olga Prader