Believes Bollywood in one night stands

Clemens Meyer: "In the stone"

This is not about the prosperity problems of young city dwellers. Instead of latte macchiato, liters of beer are drunk, and instead of casual one-night stands, there are sado-maso practices at flat rates. With his novel, Clemens Meyer has immersed himself in the world of bought sex, red light clubs and residential brothels.

Sex at flat rates

It's about the market and morals of the sex industry. Police officers, politicians and judges like to hang around as much as petty criminals and bad guys. Clemens Meyer has settled his obscure network of legal and illegal in Leipzig.

And he lets almost all the characters in the novel have their say - pimps who study business administration at the university and whores who kill the waiting time between two customers. Perspectives and pitches change incessantly.

"Every hour a cigarette […] that works, I think. Jenny is just smoking and constantly spraying this room deodorant around. Lavender-spring scent. I hate that. We don't talk much now. We sometimes sit together in the living room when we are wait. I would say, collegial. She's a completely different type than me. Weighs definitely twenty kilos more, heads towards Mutti, but there are enough guys on it, believe it or not. "

Panoptikum red light district

Clemens Meyer assembles flippant self-talk, dream sequences and factual reports into a gigantic panopticon of the sex industry. His study of the milieu is free from voyeurism and social romanticism. The writer's gaze is rather focused on economic conditions. Although the red light scene has its own ruling structures, it also mirrors the problems of the 'normal world', the post-reunification period in eastern Germany, with astonishing clarity.

Clemens Meyer describes the hard sides of life in his books

Globalization, international competitiveness, wage dumping. In this novel, the pimps are just as burned out as managers, and the prostitutes fear the young competition from Eastern Europe. Clemens Meyer does not moralize here. Sure, it's also about exploitation, about underage forced prostitutes. The almost casual language with which the author describes their suffering makes it all the more touching.

Sex is nothing more than a thriving and tough economy that obeys the laws of the market. Clemes Meyer showed in his novel that it is possible to artfully tell the toughest stories.


Clemens Meyer: "Im Stein" (2013), Fischer Verlag

Clemens Meyer, born 1977 in Halle / Saale, lives in Leipzig. In 2006 his debut novel "Als wir träumten" appeared, which Andreas Dresen filmed in 2015 for the cinema. Meyer worked intermittently on his second novel for five years. "Im Stein" was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2013, was awarded the Bremen Literature Prize and was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize 2017.