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Peter Henisch - A grand finale for Novak


A novel with a big bang and full of subtle irony: funny, tragic, stunning!

Novak is a late bloomer when it comes to the wide world of emotions, which he discovers in a hospital, of all places. Because his hospital roommate keeps him from sleeping, the Indonesian nurse Manuela lends him her walkman and tapes, thus infecting him with her love of opera. After being discharged Novak somehow can’t get back into the routine of his regular, ordinary life. Manuela has opened his ears – not only to opera, but also to the annoying racket of everyday life: noise from lawn mowers, jackhammers and his wife Herta. While he continues his new of listening to opera, Herta suspects another woman behind his new passion. She’s not that far off the mark. But Manuela suddenly disappears. Was she merely an illusion on the stage of Novak’s middle-aged dreams? Or could his wife somehow be involved in her quiet disappearance? Even without her, the grand finale is a striking as an opera: cruelly dramatic.

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304 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701715473
Release date: 23.08.2011

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Peter Henisch

born 1943 in Vienna, studied Philosophy, German Studies, History and Psychology. He is co-founder of the literary magazine "Wespennest". Henisch has lived and worked as a free-floating author in Vienna, Lower Austria and Tuscany since 1971. His first literary publication was "Hamlet bleibt" in 1971. In 1975 he published the novel "Die kleine Figur meines Vaters" (re-published by Resindenz Verlag in 2003) which has achieved cult status. Henisch has been critically acclaimed and received numerous awards, among them the Anton-Wildgans Preis and the Literaturpreis der Stadt Wien.


\\\"Henisch depicts scenes of modern-day small town life in the West with sympathy and humour. His characters and themes will appeal to a wide readership - downtrodden husband who suppresses his emotions, if he is aware of them at all, for decades; overbearing, malicious wife; small-town racism and unquestioning acceptance of changes brought about by modernity; love and the meaing of life. Witty, ironic, sad, pertinent.\\\" New Books in German \\\"There is hardly another Austrian author who is so low-key about himself; and hardly has anyone described the political and social development of their country as precisely as he has in the course of twenty books. His criticism never turns to the typically Austrian rhetoric of one-upmanship – maybe it is this virtue of never succumbing to a routine of cheap outrage and instead patiently investigating the outrageous situations that, until this day, has kept Peter Henisch from becoming as successful as he deserves.” Karl Markus Gauß on Peter Henisch

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