Peter-Wust-Award 2017 for the author´s complete works
Full of verve and humor, in his new novel Hanns-Josef Ortheil writes about three young women and a stranger who has the ability to change their lives completely.
His name is Matteo, he’s Venetian and a restorer by profession. In Venice, he briefly met Mia, a student from Cologne, and, at her invitation, followed her to her home town. Mia shares an apartment with two friends and, unsuspectingly, they take in the stranger, quickly sensing how strongly his presence affects them. For, while Matteo is reserved and unobtrusive, he also radiates something appealingly magical and unfathomable. Brimming with enthusiasm, he sketches the cathedral and its figures and searches the entire city for traces of age-old connections to Venice, tracing the links between present and past. In the process, he becomes increasingly aware of the depths of his own existence, an undertow that also takes hold of his roommates. When he decides to go back home, nothing is as it used to be. And the young women are left wondering: Who is Matteo? A brilliant illustrator? Or maybe even an angel, familiar and in league with the heavenly and diabolical spheres? And who are they themselves?
release: 17. August 2017
320 pages, gebunden mit SU
- 20,00 €
- 0,00 sFr
- 20,60 €
About the Author
Hanns-Josef Ortheil was born in Cologne in 1951. He is a writer, pianist and professor of creative writing and cultural journalism at the University of Hildesheim. He has long been considered one of Germany’s most important contemporary authors. His work has won many awards, including the Thomas Mann Prize, Nicolas Born Prize, Stefan Andres Prize and, most recently, the Hannelore Greve Literature Prize.