Leif Randt

Planet Magnon

Planet Magnon

Planet Magnon

English sample translation by Jen Calleja available
#2 SWR list best books June 2015
Erich Fried Award 2016 for his literary oeuvre

In the vast expanse of space, there lies a solar system where eschatological peace reigns. Its six planets and two moons are ruled by a wise computer intelligence that makes the fairest decisions on the basis of perfect statistics and overall prosperity. It’s a post-democratic era of peace and self-control.

People have come together to form collectives, aesthetic communities competing for the best lifestyle. Marten Eliot and Emma Glendale, two top-notch young fellows of the Dolfin Collective, leave their home campus and travel from planet to planet to recruit new members. But the solar system is shaken when the aggressive collective of broken hearts – generally thought to be comprised of emotional losers – throws a wrench into the works. Poisonous mint-colored clouds rise from the marketplaces and summer camps; actual violence threatens to return to the planetary community. In their travels, Marten and Emma come dangerously close to the broken hearts. Can the two of them prevent this coup?

Leif Randt sends his protagonists into a bizarrely utopian world, a cosmos of dinosaurs and spaceships that is reminiscent of popular myths and Hollywood classics alike, successfully combining poetic elegance with literary boldness.

Praise for his previous novels:

“Coby County becomes the setting of a science fiction, generational novel in the guise of melancholic nihilism. This is meaningful. And usually tremendously funny.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Schimmernder Dunst über Coby County (“Shimmering Mist Over Coby County”) signals the start of a new era in German literature.” Der Freitag



ISBN: 978-3-462-04720-2
release: 05. March 2015
304 pages, gebunden mit SU


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About the Author

Leif Randt was born in 1983 in Frankfurt am Main, and has been considered one of the most influential writers of his generation since publishing his highly acclaimed novel Schimmernder Dunst über Coby County (2011; “Shimmering Mist Over Coby County”). He has received many awards for his fiction writing, including the Nicolas Born Debut Prize (2010), the Ernst Willner Prize in the Ingeborg Bachmann Competition (2011), the Düsseldorf Literature Prize (2012), along with a fellowship at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles (2013).