Sleep at night in Berlin? 20 year old student Faculty of History Larisa considers such a blasphemy. The girl, who recently lived in the GDR, enjoys the atmosphere of freedom that reigns in the city after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany, unrestrained fun, endless crazy parties, does not hesitate to hug strangers in a burst of emotions right on the street and does not even hesitate to have spontaneous sex with her lover a stranger. The doors of Larisa’s apartment in the East Berlin district of Friedrichshain are open to almost everyone. She drags in everyone who came to her liking, and lives with him under the same roof until she gets bored, and then just puts them out the door.

So Larissa also settled in with Lily – a weird girl, whom she, in her own words, “picked up” right on the street and just took with her, like “a dog from a shelter”. True, Lily has an unbearable character, and she periodically throws tantrums. But, in comparison with the guys who come to Larisa with their endless drunkenness and demonstration of their “coolness”, Lily’s outbursts of anger are “flowers”. In addition, Larisa always dreamed of a friend.

German writer and playwright Rebecca Kricheldorf, author of the book “Lustprinzip”

A dynamic plot, fast scene changes, catchy dialogues, expressive characters … The book “Lustprinzip” (“The Principle of Pleasure”), recently published by the Hamburg publishing house Rohwolt, is a dedication to East German youth who gained freedom in the 1990s, not all of whose representatives have passed the test the ability to control your own life. Its author is the famous and popular playwright in Germany Rebekka Kricheldorf, who has already written more than three dozen plays, including for the Stuttgart State Theater and the German Theater in Berlin. And now she tried herself for the first time as a novelist.

A book for those “whom we lost along the way”

Almost everyone with whom the heroine of the novel Larisa communicates is guided in life by the so-called “principle of pleasure.” This term was used in psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud (Sigmund Freud). “The pleasure principle” means the subconscious desire of a person to immediately satisfy any need, every desire, rather than lower the tension to a minimum level. According to Freud’s seemingly paradoxical conclusion, the pleasure principle is subordinate to the death drive, since in both cases there is an aspiration to bring the organism to a state of minimal or even zero load.

Punk concert in one of the squats in Berlin (1990)

Punk concert in one of the squats in Berlin (1990)

Areas of the brain that control impulses do not develop until adulthood. In adolescence, “neurobiological brakes” have not yet been established. Perhaps this is why so many young people are prone to very risky behavior and know no boundaries in the manifestation of their desires, impulses and passions, says Rebecca Kricheldorf.

“For everyone we lost along the way,” says the dedication at the beginning of the book. Indeed, there were many who were broken by the constant and meaningless stay in the space between day and night, between adolescence and maturity, in the heat of endless parties. So, Timo was left on the sidelines – a gifted artist from the “provincial backwoods”, who came to the capital for success and happiness, but eventually hanged himself in one of the Berlin squats. Or Lennard – a talented journalist who dreamed of leaving for Mexico, who is undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction, and then drunk to death.

Change of world view

Light dawned at the end of the “tunnel” when Larissa, devastated and exhausted from meaningless existence, suffering from panic attacks, accidentally meets Janek on the metro – a man who awakens love and hope in her in the first minutes of the meeting. However, it turns out that soon the guy leaves for India for a year – in order to get to know himself, to find his identity. Janek promises to contact Larissa as soon as he returns to Germany.

The girl writes down her address to him on a page torn from Jack Kerouac’s book “Angels of Desolation” – a novel whose heroes, three student friends with a rebellious character, mercilessly criticizing the government and opposing bigotry and anti-communism, for sexual freedom and drug legalization, at the end in the end they become disillusioned with their previous ideals and return to a calm, stable life, and the family hearth becomes one of the main values ​​for them …

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