Everything

Short Story Collection

“...Teller simply tries to look directly into the soul of her heroes, even where it hurts. And exactly this makes these heroes, this book, so human” Der Spiegel, Germany

Alles - worum es geht    Short stories - Hanser Verlag, Germany 2013

 “Imagine, if everything was something one could list missing, as a little white dog with a halter in red or black and a round piece of metal saying: Everything must be returned to his owner. Reward will be issued. Then I could just report everything lost and sit down and wait. As is, only I know that everything is gone, and yet I can’t do anything but sit down and wait. Waiting for what?”

What causes a young man to resort to violence without any apparent reason? Can one understand intolerance and extremism? Is revenge a good motive? Can good intentions compensate for a lack of understanding?
       In
Everything, Janne Teller brings us eight short stories about prejudice and intolerance, murder and the death penalty, integration and cultural differences, dreams and delusions. Eight stories about what happens when we lose our moorings to people and society around us, that which gives life meaning, that which Teller names: everything.
       Stories mostly with children or young people as main characters and written in voices and language straightforward to draw in young-adult readers, yet poetic and complex with many layers for the adult reader. As with Teller’s international bestseller
Nothing, Everything is a cross-over to be read by anyone from 13 years and up.


Press 

“...Teller simply tries to look directly into the soul of her heroes, even where it hurts. And exactly this makes these heroes, this book, so human” Der Spiegel, Germany

“Janne Teller writes with understatement about the vandalism of a garden, about people being beaten to pulp, even people being stabbed to death. She does not condemn the perpetrators, but she does not protect them either. In a clear, sober, and never sentimental prose she writes about lonely children with a growing rage. Exactly her subdued style makes these short stories so inescapable.” Deutschlandfunk, Germany

 "Janne Teller is a writer, who in her own, highly original way, says the unsayable, which with the knives, kicks and stones of her young characters ends up right under the skin of the reader” Stuttgarter Zeitung

 "Teller totally eclipses conventional pedagogical formats and doesn’t write from any secure morally superior senior teacher position. Instead she chooses her perspective from people with doubtful motives, thus offering us uncomfortable stories." Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten 

"The short story collection, Everything, consist of eight stories - all strong, importunate, striking and provoking tales from the raw real life.. ...The stories in Everything are demanding in a good way, intense and challenging .... you won’t be the same when closing the book, discussing it, reworking it in your mind. Mama mia, such a plethora of great and existential issues to work with and debate, when Janne Teller rolls out her writing talents!" Bent Rasmussen, Folkeskolen, Denmark

Review, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung:  http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/buecher/rezensionen/kinderbuch/rezension-janne-tellers-erzaehlungsband-alles-12790373.html

Shortlisted for the Deutschland Jugendbuchpreis, 2014