The Red Coral Bracelet

By Judith Hermann.

A girl who lives in "a sea-green world" is bequeathed a red coral bracelet with beads that glow "as red as rage".

This bracelet ties the girl emotionally and physically to her exotic grandmother's scandalous past and to a highly unsuitable boyfriend.

How can the girl break these ties? Does she want to? A powerful story about colour, anger and "that moment before happiness".

Translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo and abridged for radio by Doreen Estall.

Reader Mia Soteriou

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By Judith Hermann.

A girl who lives in "a sea-green world" is bequeathed a red coral bracelet with beads that glow "as red as rage".

This bracelet ties the girl emotionally and physically to her exotic grandmother's scandalous past and to a highly unsuitable boyfriend.

How can the girl break these ties? Does she want to? A powerful story about colour, anger and "that moment before happiness".

Translated from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo and abridged for radio by Doreen Estall.

Reader Mia Soteriou