Peter Wawerzinek

Schluckspecht: Memoirs of a Boozer


Schluckspecht: Memoirs of a Boozer

Schluckspecht is a novel about the love of alcohol, the buzz, addiction, boozing – written by someone familiar with these things to the point of self-destruction.

It began with Aunt Luci’s cheerful “Egészségedre!” (“Cheers!”) with pálinka, and continued with the sniffing of the Rumtopf. Then came the eggnog, the homemade “Schwarze Johanna” liquor, cheerful rounds of drinks with friends, dares, competitions, the insecurities of adolescence, beer, wine, a wild life in the name of art, women, partying, problems, washouts, brandy, cut brandy, schnapps. The weltschmerz of a hero cast out by his parents and his attempt to forget it lead to an journey deep into the abyss of excess.

On his way down, he meets fellow drinking buddies, barflies, boozers and other damned characters. But, like the author Peter Wawerzinek himself, his fictional protagonist also manages, almost miraculously, to pull himself up out of the morass of alcohol by his own bootstraps.

Despite its bottomless horrors, Peter Wawerzinek has written a book free of self-pity. Schluckspecht is a unique combination of explosive joie de vivre, desperation, humor, pain, poetry, deep love of humanity, and worldly wisdom drawn from the reservoirs of adventurous personal experience.

“Peter Wawerzinek’s prose is great literature! ... wrested from his own life experiences through a painful process ... a gift for the reader.” – Meike Fessmann



ISBN: 978-3-86971-084-6
release: 08. March 2014
464 pages, gebunden mit SU


19,99 €
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About the Author

Peter Wawerzinek was born Peter Runkel in 1954. He grew up in various institutions and foster homes. Since 1988, he has been an author, director and writer of radio plays. His publications include Moppel Schappiks Tätowierungen (“Moppel Schappik’s Tattoos, 1991) and Das Kind, das ich war (“The Child I Was”, 1994). His comeback novel Rabenliebe (“Raven Love”, 2010) won the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Prize 2010 (Jury and Audience Award) and was shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2010. It sold over 85,000 copies and rights to the Czech Republic and Egypt.