Wanneer de niet zo succesvolle videotheekeigenaar Michael Hartung bezoek krijgt van een journalist verandert zijn leven op slag. Uit Stasi-rapporten zou blijken dat Michael in 1983 als seinwachter verantwoordelijk moet zijn geweest voor een spectaculaire massavlucht uit de ddr, waarbij 127 mensen via station Friedrichstrasse in het Westen terechtkwamen. Michael ontkent aanvankelijk, maar na een behoorlijke vergoeding en een paar biertjes is hij bereid om het verhaal te bevestigen. Hij is tenslotte nog nooit belangrijk geweest, nog nooit een held. Niet veel later voelt het leven, met alle media... continue
Victor is depressed: his lover has dumped him, his short stories are too short, and the light has gone off in his dingy apartment. His only companion is Misha, the penguin he rescued from Kiev's Zoo, when it couldn't feed the animals anymore. Misha is the silent witness to Victor's despair, and joins in his celebration—fish and vodka—when Victor's luck seems to turn: he is commissioned to write obituaries. The weird thing is that the editor wants him to select subjects who are still alive, the movers and the shakers of the new, post-Communist society.
LRB BOOKSHOP'S AUTHOR OF THE MONTH ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 WITH A NEW AFTERWORD BY GEOFF DYER 'If you haven't read Bernhard, you will not know of the most radical advance in fiction since Joyce ... My advice: dive in.' Lucy Ellmann 'I absolutely love Bernhard: he is one of the darkest and funniest writers ... A must read for everybody.' Karl Ove Knausgaard Franz-Josef Murau is the intellectual black sheep of a powerful Austrian land-owning family. He now lives in Rome in self-imposed exile, surrounded by a coterie of artistic and intellectual friends. On returning from his sis... continue
Comedian Sofie Hagen shares how she removed fatphobic influences from her daily life and found self-acceptance in a world where judgement and discrimination are rife. Sofie conquered a negative relationship with her body and provides practical tips for readers to do the same drawing wisdom from other Fat Liberation champions. Part-memoir, part-social commentary, this book looks at how taking up space in a culture that is desperate to reduce you can be radical, emboldening and life-changing
Resembling the complex and fragmented way a fly's eye works, Natural Novel contains a myriad of storylines, reflections, and digressions, including a history of toilets and the graffiti found there, a meditation on the relationship between bees and language, and an attempt to write a book using only verbs. Incredibly funny at times, this novel is driven by the narrator's need to come to terms with his dissolving marriage and his wife's infidelity with their close friend. Gospodinov's first novel is both broad in scope and intensely personal, illustrating the impossibility of presenting life tr... continue