Keiner hat gesagt, dass du ausziehen sollst
(State of the Union)
by Nick Hornby
read by Caroline Peters and Martin Brambach
Married couple Tom and Louise – he an unemployed music critic, she a busy gerontologist – regularly meet in a pub before their marital therapy sessions. This invariably leads to dialogues about the state of their marriage, which has reached a dead end: Louise recently escaped into an affair, and the two of them are arguing about whether they actually want to save their relationship. Fuelled by beer and wine, their bitter-sweet sparring gradually allows all of the suppressed feelings to surface which the therapy is supposed to bring out into the open.
With unparalleled humour and an infallible sense for likeable anti-heroes, the bestseller author Nick Horny portrays a perfectly ordinary married couple and the comical aspects of a marriage in trouble. The New York Times wrote: 'Hornby is a writer who dares to be witty, intelligent and emotionally generous all at once.'
Caroline Peters is a member of the cast of the Burgtheater in Vienna, and at home on the stage in the German-speaking countries as well as on the small and the big screen. Last summer, she played the Paramour in Jedermann at the Salzburg Festival. She has won Austria's Nestroy theatre prize and has twice been voted actress of the year.
After many long runs at the Burgtheater and other important theatres, Martin Brambach is now famous as one of Germany's most versatile film actors. On TV, he plays Inspector Schnabel in the Dresden-based episodes of the long-running TV crime series Tatort, for example.