In the early 1970s, Holly-Jane Rahlens packed up her New York life and moved to Berlin for love. She describes experiencing Berlin “like a fish out of water,” a feeling she shares with a character she created a few decades later in her science fiction novel, Infinitissimo.
Rahlens says it’s in Berlin where she became a writer, and she loves making Charlottenburg – where she lives – a character in her books. In 2003, her novel Prinz William, Maximilian Minsky and Me won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis as the best young adult novel published in Germany. A few years later, it was adapted into a motion picture.
Photo © Heike Barndt, 2016.