Sold to Denmark: SCHRÖDINGER’S GRRRL by Marlen Hobrack

Mara Wolf, the heroine in Marlen Hobrack’s novel SCHRÖDINGER’S GRRRL, will come to Denmark: fasten your seatbelts: Forlaget Falco just bought the Danish rights.

»The problem lies inside, just behind the door. As soon as you open it, unattractive things come out. The mailbox is a black box. Like Schrödinger’s poison box, the cat sits inside and before you open the box, you have no way of knowing if the cat is dead or not dead. Until her mailbox was opened, Mara was done and also not-done.«

SCHRÖDINGER’S GRRRL tells the story of Mara Wolf a school dropout in her early twenties, depressed, unemployed in Dresden She fills her everyday life with Instagram, dating and online shopping In a bar, Mara meets Hanno, a PR agent, who is thrilled by her and her quirky white trash appearance He hires her for a party and persuades her to pose as a novelist The novel is written by a wise old man who, like Hanno and his editor, doesn’t think it will sell under his name The three men devise a plan for great literary success, which Mara agrees to SCHRÖDINGER’S GRRRL is a contemporary novel of development, an impostor against will study, a story about a young woman who can’t find a place in society because she doesn’t believe she can claim one in the first place But there are the three heroines her mother, her best friend Charis, and her caseworker Ms Kramer at the employment agency who don’t let her down.

The way Hobrack lovingly takes all the characters seriously and takes aim at the laws of the business is a complete success.

Katharina Schmitz / der Freitag

Marlen Hobrack, who herself works as a journalist, enjoys showing off the professional audience, except for Mara, who has never heard of Klagenfurt and the Bachmann Prize, but just wants to pay her bills. In Hobrack’s case, she is not a victim, although she would have every reason to be. And that’s what makes the novel so exciting.

Elisa von Hof / DER SPIEGEL

What at first seems like a classic novel of development turns out halfway into a razor-sharp, satirical critique of the literary world and its obsession with authenticity.

Alica Ouschan / FM4

„Schrödinger’s Grrrl“ by Marlen Hobrack is more than just a satire on the literary world and its obsession with authenticity.

Matthias Jordan / kulturnews

„Schrödinger’s Grrrl“ is a smart and funny novel about our present day – about the desire for authenticity and the self-deception that often accompanies that desire.

Tino Dallmann / MDR Culture

A satire on the social media world and the literary business.

Nadine Kreuzahler / rbb

Marlen Hobrack tells amusing and bitter at the same time how society ticks.

Karin Grossmann / Sächsische Zeitung

With „Schrödinger’s Grrrl“, the Leipzig journalist and writer has written a mixture of literary satire and generational novel.

Gerrit Bartels / Tagesspiegel

„Schrödinger’s Grrrl“ is not only an entertainingly told story of an impostor, but also a thought-provoking examination of the relationship between fact and fiction in literature. The audience demands authenticity, and the author delivers. A tailor-made story for a business in which every authorial voice is an assertion, every public persona as constructed as a fictional text.

Nina Apin / taz

Without judgment, with a clear view, the author tells of people in the now and today, of their shortcomings, their failures and their search for happiness.

It is a colorful mix that begins with youthful recklessness and ends with existential crises – it convinces all along the line!

A work that I could also well imagine as a film.


The Leipzig resident by choice has succeeded in writing a modern novel of development that addresses important and, above all, current issues of the day.

Really good and grandiose exaggerated.


Mara is a cliché, but one you want to heart. This cool satire has a nice message: everyone:r deserves a little glitter.


Absolutely authentic and close to reality, the author describes the experience and actions of the protagonist. Clichés and a good portion of criticism in the direction of the literary scene are not neglected here.


Hobrack creates relevant visibility with „Schrödinger’s Grrrl“ – for the working class and for poverty, as well as for depression.


When reading, you smell the apartment, you feel the emptiness of the purse and the heaviness in the heart. What class and milieu mean, the author has woven incredibly well into a story here.