(IBList user synopsis):
The East-German journalist Josefa Nadler is sent to B., a city dominated by a worn-out power plant and the ash that fills the air. Rather than writing the expected profile of an exemplary communist worker, she decides to write the truth -- "B. is the dirtiest city in Europe" -- and demands that the power plant finally be replaced. She at first stands her ground against her superiors who ask her to change the article, but she is unprepared for the extent of the backlash against her and she struggles to maintain her dignity as her job, her private life, and her future begin to unravel.
Original title: Flugasche
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Regional Interest