English sample translation by Sophie Schlondorff available
A look at the apocalypse from its funny side: a wonderfully ironic and tongue-in-cheek crime novel set among a peculiar breed of people made only slightly more peculiar by the fact that they are basically all that is left of humanity.
Humanity has all but done away with itself – one nuclear bomb too many and all that is left are a few people on the remote Falkland Islands and maybe a few others scattered here and there. But although the end of the world has come, the inhabitants of the Falklands avoid talking about this unpleasantness, in truly British fashion, and carry on regardless.
And actually, the cozy life in this British enclave has barely changed: People still go to the pub, shear sheep and enjoy the fine sea air. OK, yes: the absence of children is a bit strange. And the fact that you have to venture on dangerous expeditions to the Argentine mainland for fuel and other supplies is also quite a bore. But what really gets to them is when the universally popular governor is struck dead with a bust of Churchill – in a room whose doors and windows were locked from the inside. Now everything begins to falls apart. Who would want to do such a terrible thing? Do the inhabitants of the stranded cruise liner anchoring off the coast have anything to do with it? They, after all, would like to do away with the monarchy and install a democratic government. Joshua Feldenkrais, host of the island radio and a gay Mormon American with Jewish roots who left the cruise liner to live and work on the Falklands, investigates – and finds himself drawn ever deeper into a whirlpool of conspiracies, sinister intrigues and penguins…
A Doomsday NovelGaliani-Berlin
release: 17. August 2017
208 pages, gebunden mit SU
- 19,00 €
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About the Author
Hannes Stein, born in Munich in 1965, grew up in Salzburg. He is a journalist. In Berlin, he wrote for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Spiegel and Literarische Welt. In the summer of 2007, he emigrated to New York, where he lives as a journalist and author. Galiani Berlin published his book Tschüss Deutschland. Aufzeichnungen eines Ausgewanderten (“Bye-Bye, Germany! Reflections of an Ex-Pat”) and his novel Der Komet (“The Comet”, 2013). Hannes Stein writes for the blog “Salonkolumnisten” and is a member of the PEN Club of America.