Two newspaper articles, ten years apart, two different women, the same wording. In 2001 Göttinger Zeitung wrote that Margit (69) had lived a secluded life as an inconspicuous woman. In 2011 Hamburger Abendblatt wrote that also Irina (65) had lived in seclusion, a nondescript woman. Up to the moment of the appearance in these newspapers, both women were invisible as individuals, concealed by their roles as wives and homemakers. It was only through acts of violence that, for a brief moment, did they claim visibility. THE SLEEPER revolves around the time before these acts took place.