SETTING: FRIMMERSDORF
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"Behind the field, the power plant blocks the view, a smoking colossus of steel and brick. Clouds of steam belch from its cooling towers into the sky."

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"Oh Lord, how beautiful is your world, it says on the stone cross next to the soccer pitch. Elisabeth has read this inscription so often, but today she suddenly wonders whether the cross was here first or the power station, and why the cross with the suffering Jesus is here in this place. Oh yes, the world is beautiful, but we humans are destroying it, she thinks."

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"The B 59 is the ugliest main road Manni can think of by a long shot. Straight as an arrow, it cuts through a landscape of highly rationalised agriculture, with nothing natural remaining. Power lines stretch above it, giant in comparison to the houses Manni passes."

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"With its pointed slate roof, the Church of St. Martin towers above the closely built brick houses. Somewhere, a factory siren hoots at unnerving intervals. A life-sized wooden Jesus is nailed to the cross on the church’s facade. A weathered copper roof lends shade to his thorn-crowned head."

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"She leads him along a trampled path into a copse, which seems entirely out of place here. It is about 200 yards to the river that provides the plant’s cooling water. Beyond it lies the power plant and it is only from this sideways perspective that Manni realises how huge it is, how many cooling towers it has."

UNDER THE ICE
© Gisa Klönne