Nelly B.s Herz

Flying is necessary, life is not. – In his new novel, Aris Fioretos tells the fascinating story of a German aviation pioneer in Berlin.

A stirring novel about a flight pioneer in Berlin in the wild twenties: When the doctor reveals to Nelly B. that she is no longer allowed to fly because of a heart condition, a world collapses for her. She was the first woman in Germany to obtain her pilot’s license and, together with her husband, ran a flight school. She leaves Paul, finds a job at BMW, where she sells motorcycles, takes quarters with a Berlin landlady and meets the much younger Irma, with whom she falls hopelessly in love. Aris Fioretos tells the story of a modern, emancipated woman and a great, tragic love. An exciting life becomes great literature.