Jens Sparschuh

Life is Very Time Consuming

Das Leben kostet viel Zeit

Life is Very Time Consuming

Book of the Month of March 2018 by the Jury of Darmstadt

A novel about a special friendship and the search for one’s own life story

Titus Brose has an unusual profession: he writes memoirs and finds his clients mainly in a retirement home on the outskirts of Berlin. One day, he mixes up two biographies and is baffled when his client Wanda doesn’t even realize that it is not her own life she is reading about. He seriously starts to doubt himself and the art of writing memoirs – who should be trusted, the person who has experienced life or the person who writes it down?

But then Brose meets Dr. Einhorn, who gets him to deal with the biographies of two deceased: Adelbert von Chamisso and his friend and editor Eduard Hitzig. Hitzig not only wrote a posthumous biography of Chamisso, but was also responsible for some of the most exciting episodes in Chamisso’s life. Fascinated by this unusual relationship, Brose sets off on a research trip that takes him into his own past in the divided Berlin.

A ravishingly funny and philosophical novel by the author of Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (“The Indoor Fountains”), the classic novel about German reunification.



ISBN: 978-3-462-04997-8
release: 15. February 2018
384 pages, gebunden mit SU


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20,60 €

About the Author

Jens Sparschuh was born in 1955 in Karl Marx Stadt (now Chemnitz) and studied philosophy and logic in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) from 1973 to 1978. In 1983, he received his doctorate in Berlin. Since then he has worked as a freelancer. He has published a number of radio plays and seven children’s books and works as an editor. In 1989, he was awarded the “Hörspielpreis der Kriegsblinden” (the radio play prize of the German Federation of War Blind). His books include among others Der Schneemensch (“The Abominable Snowman”), Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (“The Indoor Fountains”), Eins zu eins (“One to One”), Schwarze Dame (“Lady in Black”) and most recently Im Kasten (“In the Box”).

Rights to his books have been sold to France, Italy and Russia.

Further titles by the author:
Der Zimmerspringbrunnen (The Indoor Fountain)
Die schwarze Dame (The Black Lady)
Ich glaube, sie haben uns nicht gesucht (I Think, They Weren't Looking For Us)
Im Kasten (In the Box)
Eins zu eins (One to One)
Ende der Sommerzeit (The End of the Summer)