Author Holly-Jane Rahlens on her relationship to Berlin and the city’s role in her books

(c) Heike Barndt Copyright Year 2016


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.