What remains of a person who suddenly and wordlessly leaves your life?

It was twenty years ago that Fido, without warning or explanation, broke off contact.And now, of all times, during an important expedition in Antarctica, Hanna receives an e-mail that summons memories of her closest friend from two decades ago. While a storm is gathering and the situation intensifying in this icy wasteland, Hanna can no longer avoid wrestling with all the unanswered questions . . .
'Hearing from you is the last thing I expected. Not here. Not now. Not in this way. All the same, I always asked myself how it would be to meet you face to face one more time. Whether I could muster the strength to turn around and leave without a word – or whether I still wanted you in my life.'

Now in the endless icy expanse all those unanswered questions come rushing back and cause Hanna to increasingly lose control. With tensions mounting among the personnel of her small research team and with a snowstorm threatening the success of their project, this South Pole expedition becomes not only a logistical but an emotional challenge.


»WHITEOUT convinces with poetic strength and complexity. A moving novel about parting, repression and grief.«

Original Language

German, mare

Further Editions

paperback - Rowohlt

Available Material

German pdf
English sample

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Anne von Canal

Anne von Canal was born in 1973 and received her university degree in Scandinavian and German studies. She worked ten years in the publishing industry and as a translator before dedicating herself to her own writing. She makes her home alternately in Hamburg and on the Moselle River. Her debut novel DER GRUND was a booksellers' love.