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Roman Marchel - Kickboxing with Lu

This book will knock you off your feet with its humor, quick pace, intelligence and loads of emotion.

“So, no sex, no god, no dreams” – otherwise Lu will talk about anything. She tells her parents that she’s going to kickboxing camp for two weeks. Actually, she has decided to take some time off and rents a room in a Bed and Breakfast called “Zur schönen Gegenwart” (the beautiful now). Lu is 16 and she doesn’t have a story, not a real one, not yet. But she can talk like others breathe. In the B’n’B she meets Tulpe Valentin, an old author who has written eight novels, but finished the last one years ago. She thinks she has left her life behind along with her writing. The time off that Valentin and her ill B’n’B neighbor are taking is more like waiting for the right moment to give up. “A punch hurts less if you see it coming.” But then Lu comes along and starts talking and Valentin listens and writes it all down – it’s her last novel, because she sees life right in front of her. It’s not her own, but another life is continuing.

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220 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701715732
Release date: 23.08.2011

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Author
Roman Marchel

born 1974 in Graz, study of literature in Vienna and Paris, lives in Vienna. Publication of short stories and poems in magazines and anthologies. He was awarded the Siemens-Literaturpreis 2004 and the Theodor-Körner-Förderungspreis 2006.

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The sensation is hidden in the details. (...) Roman Marchel, born in 1974 in Graz, shows in his debut that he uses language powerful and knows how to observe explicitly. But his being in love with details is not niggling. It is not about listing, it is about creating an atmosphere in detailled recording of the happening. (...) This novel is free from murmur and pomposity. DIE PRESSE, Thomas Rothschild

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