Anatol doesn’t have it easy. Despite his degree in humanities, he earns his living as a dogsbody in a nursing home. His career as a writer hasn’t taken off yet either, not to mention his hopeless attempts to impress the opposite sex.
When he is invited to give a lecture on the «internet of mushrooms» at a scientific conference in Poland, he takes a leap into the unknown. Away from his usual environment, Anatol experiences new feelings – but above all, gets to know himself.
Once again Lukas Linder proves his talent for creating up-close characters – and for showing, in his unsparing yet witty way, how hard it is to want to be someone else all of a sudden.
Alfred is the youngest descendant of the von Ärmels whose heyday is well and truly over. Compared to his much idolised but crazy mother, brilliant brother and eccentric father, he feels like a caricature. Nevertheless, he has taken on the mission to bring new fame to his old, established family. His dream is to be a hero. And he has several options as to how to go about it. He could, like his role model and namesake, kill forty Frenchmen, win a singing competition or open a hotel with Ruth, because love always wins! But does Alfred really have what it takes to be a hero?
Lukas Linder writes about everyday life and family constellations with such precision, ruthlessness and wit that readers will be tempted to take a hard look at their own lives.
»This is the rare case of a hilarious book that makes you laugh out loud every time you pick it up.« WDR 4, Elke Heidenreich
A bookseller is stuck in quarantine. He is also ill. What should he do? He heads for the bookcase and picks out the books on the topic of past epidemics. Isn’t literature a mirror of life – and therefore also of death?
Since the epidemic broke out and cast a spell over everything, Matteo has been confined to his apartment. The city where he lives has been declared a state of emergency, and people can only move under strict regulations. But Matteo has a plan. He decides to pick six books from his shelves to help him cope with the unprecedented period of the pandemic as well as his own illness. All six books he chooses, from the Old Testament to the present day, are about epidemics. Through reading, Matteo gains insights and an understanding that is relevant to his life. At the same time, he remembers earlier times, which, under the dramatic conditions of the epidemic, appear in a new light. Will Matteo survive? Can books save him?
When you realise you are different from everyone else in your village, the course you take in life will not tolerate half measures. Leona Stahlmann writes in an unparalleled manner about home, belonging and sexual awakening in a rural setting. Mina is growing up in the deepest Black Forest. Soon she realises that she’s different from her friends. Only Vetko, an outsider, seems to understand her. The two quickly become close and their secret relationship takes on sinister aspects: desire and pain become blurred, and the limits of their experiences increasingly encroach on their lives. Mina feels that her desire is flawed. What’s wrong with her? And when Vetko demands something that she’s not willing to give, she runs away to the city. But will she find something there that feels just like her connection with Vetko? In unusual, vibrant language, Leona Stahlmann writes about people and human nature, and the full brutal force with which they can collide.
Franziska is about to have the most important dinner of her life. Or of the year, at least. Her career hinges on it. And recently it hasn’t quite been going to plan. Franzi is as stressed by this as by her brother’s upcoming visit. But at least her marriage is hunky-dory. Isn’t it? Anyway, this is a very important dinner. And then, through the door bursts Conni Gold. The friend Franzi never wanted. And then nothing goes according to plan anymore.
»Tingler has a sure feel for punchlines and doesn’t shy away from clichés or corny jokes, which adds to the humour of the awkward conversations. And besides its numerous dialogues, the novel is told in an elevated narrative tone.« Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Three strong, wilful women suddenly find themselves living under one roof: Maria, who has recently lost her husband, her 17-year-old daughter Anna, who is researching her family’s roots, and Maria’s mother Lucia, whom Maria has brought to Bavaria from her small village in Croatia without her proper consent. This constellation is already a challenge for all three women. But there’s also a fundamental question that Maria can’t shake off: if the love of your life dies and your only home is taken away from you, where do you start looking for a new one? A touching proclamation of love for life with its many uncertainties and sudden farewells.
»Day by Day’ is a sensitive and evocative exploration of what it means to have roots and a home country.« Vogue