The Incident

Fiction, Literary Fiction

Family trees and the roots of Love

A woman is approached by a stranger who claims that they have the same father. This encounter, although brief, unleashes an overwhelming wave of emotions in her. Questions fill her mind: questions about marriage and motherhood, adoption and family secrets – but most of all, questions about truth. In ‘The Incident’, Julia Schoch, one of the most influential voices in contemporary German autofiction, tells of a life transformed from one moment to the next. She captivatingly and cleverly draws the reader into a whirlpool of  outrageous events – events which, despite being fictional, remain eerily familiar to us all. 

  • A beautiful novel narrated with distinctive lightness that reaches great literary depths
  • Simultaneously crisp, sensitive, and profound; beautiful with a distinctive lightness
  • Julia Schoch is at her best, following in the footsteps of the great female GDR writers 
Julia Schoch

Julia Schoch born in 1974, works as a freelance author and translator of French in Potsdam. She received countless awards for both her writing and her translation. Her novel ‘Mit der Geschwindigkeit des Sommers’ (‘With the Speed of the Summer’) was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize. Her ‘Schöne Seelen und Komplizen’ (‘Beautiful Souls and Accomplices’) was recently published by Piper. She is set to receive the 2022 German Schiller Foundation Award. 

The Incident

Family trees and the roots of Love

A woman is approached by a stranger who claims that they have the same father. This encounter, although brief, unleashes an overwhelming wave of emotions in her. Questions fill her mind: questions about marriage and motherhood, adoption and family secrets – but most of all, questions about truth. In ‘The Incident’, Julia Schoch, one of the most influential voices in contemporary German autofiction, tells of a life transformed from one moment to the next. She captivatingly and cleverly draws the reader into a whirlpool of  outrageous events – events which, despite being fictional, remain eerily familiar to us all. 

  • A beautiful novel narrated with distinctive lightness that reaches great literary depths
  • Simultaneously crisp, sensitive, and profound; beautiful with a distinctive lightness
  • Julia Schoch is at her best, following in the footsteps of the great female GDR writers 
Bibliographic Data
192 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-29021-0
First published 2022