Sibylle Berg

GRM / Brainfuck


GRM / Brainfuck

Translation funding via Pro Helvetia possible
English sample translation by Tim Mohr available
SPIEGEL Bestseller – highest position #4
#5 on SWR List of Best Books in May 2019
Shortlisted for the Swiss Book Award 2019

“Maybe the individual was never important. It just wasn’t quite as obvious as it is now.”

This is a manifesto for fury, for escape, for individual revolt, it is the story of four kids from highly unstable homes in one of the bleakest regions in England, the deindustrialised north-west. Rochdale is a town devoid of hope, a town in which poverty, violence and abuse are part of daily life, a place where kids have to grow up too quickly. The only thing that binds together the angry, martial-arts-obsessed Don(atella); the traumatised Polish boy Peter; the albino girl Karen; and Hannah, an orphan from Liverpool, is their hatred of their lived reality, their love of grime (or GRM) – the music style that has replaced punk as the music of the angry and dispossessed – and their determination to get revenge on the people responsible for their misery.

Their thirst for revenge leads them to London, where they encounter degenerate conservatives, conspiracy theorists, programmers vacillating between megalomania and impotence, cynical secret agents, Chinese power brokers, algorithms that have developed a life of their own, and multitudes of losers who spend their days reliving their own pathetic pasts by means of virtual reality. But what started out as a hit squad turns into a makeshift family as the four kids attempt, with limited success, to create a home for themselves in an abandoned factory on the city’s outskirts.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05143-8
release: 11. April 2019
640 pages, Pappband


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About the Author

Sibylle Berg lives in Zurich. She is the author of 23 plays, 14 novels and numerous radio plays and essays. The awards she has received include the Wolfgang Koeppen Prize (2008), the Else Lasker-Schüler Drama Award (2016) and the Kassel Literary Prize for Grotesque Humour (2019). Her novels, journalistic works and theatre plays have been translated into 34 languages. She received the Thuringia Literature Award 2019 for her complete works.