English sample translation and reader’s report available
Recommended for Translation by New Books in German (Spring 2018-edition)
The true story of Jewish Leutnant Edgar Stern, who in 1914 smuggled 14 Muslim prisoners of war disguised as a circus troupe to Constantinople to win the sultan as an ally
For Edgar Stern, the summer of 1914 begins in the placid seaside resort of Coxyde in Belgium. Pleasant temperatures and cloudless skies promise a lovely time. Stern never could have imagined that war would break out in just a few weeks. And most of all, he never would have dreamed that he would be given a key role in a secret mission intended to bring Germany a quick victory.
The German military leadership has come up with a clever gambit: If it can get the Turkish sultan to declare jihad for the allied German Reich and all Muslims – especially those in the colonies – rise up against the British and French enemy, the battle should be decided quickly. To win the sultan’s favor, the plan is to ceremoniously release several Muslim prisoners of war in Constantinople. But, to do so, these prisoners need to be funneled halfway across Europe as inconspicuously as possible. A mission that calls for someone like Edgar Stern. Stern has a propensity for unconventional military solutions, not to mention that he has something most Germans don’t have: chutzpah. Not least when they see him off at Berlin’s central station, the German soldiers are convinced that they’ve made the right choice: Stern has disguised the Muslim prisoners as a circus troupe. But no one knows whether the border officials will see through the masquerade and how the whole jihad plan will unfold… The journey is going to be a big adventure – and not just for Stern.
release: 15. February 2018
256 pages, gebunden mit SU
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About the Author
Jakob Hein, was born in 1971 in Leipzig and lives in Berlin. He holds a PhD in medical sciences and works as a psychiatrist and writer. Since 1998 he is part of Berlin’s literature scene performing at the Kaffee Burger club and other cult locations. He has published 14 books to date, including the bestseller Herr Jensen steigt aus (2006) and most recently Kaltes Wasser (2016). He also writes theatre plays and screenplays..