Jacob Wirtschafter "I became the most hated girl in Germany. But maybe that's not a bad thing."
At just nineteen, Helene Hegemann has experienced the full volatility of fame. She was crowned "Wunderkind of Bohemia" for her novel Axolotl Roadkill, a sex and drugs-infused depiction of the German club scene, but later became the "most hated girl in Germany" after it was revealed that she borrowed ideas and characterizations from fellow fiction friends in the blogosphere. She is currently ensconced at Villa Aurora, the residence of former exiled writer Lion Feuctwanger that now serves as a Los Angeles retreat for international artists.
Hegemann presented selections from her debut novel Axolotl Roadkill to a packed audience of Los Feliz literati at Skylight Books in Wednesday night. The daughter of a theater director, Hegemann staged her own reading with a mix of self-deprecating humor, ambiguous apology and a dash of naivete.More »