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Peter Henisch - The Comet is coming anyway

A Story

Drei abgerissene Typen, denen das Glück in die Hände fällt. Aber was macht man mit dem Glück?

Drei Vagabunden treffen sich auf der Landstraße. Bei Nestroy hießen sie Leim, Knieriem und Zwirn, hier sind es Scheck, Glasl und Kuli. Ein ausgestiegener Bankangestellter, ein ewiger Student und ein verhinderter Schriftsteller. Und natürlich spielt auch der Komet eine Rolle, der - geht es nach Knieriem bzw. Glasl - unweigerlich mit der Erde zusammenstößt. Die Szenen spielen in Ulm, Paris und Wien, aber auch, nicht zuletzt, in den Köpfen der drei Protagonisten. Von denen hat jeder seine aparte Passion. Scheck leibt seine Peppi, Kuli produziert sich als Reserve-Don Juan, Glasl trinkt und wartet auf den Kometen. Leim, Knieriem und Zwirn waren Handwerksgesellen auf der Wanderschaft - ihre Welt war nicht heil, aber intakt. Scheck, Glasl und Kuli sind Ausbrecher, jeder auf seine Weise geflohen aus der Wirklichkeit, die sowohl kaputt ist als auch kaputt macht. Bei aller Ironie, bei aller Freude an dem vom großen Vorbild inspirierten Sprachspiel, hat Henischs Text seinen bitteren Ernst. Genau die Anpassung an gutbürgerliche Biederkeit, die bei Nestroy zum Happy-End führt, leitet hier die Katastrophe ein.

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144 pages
format:140 x 220
ISBN: 9783701709311
Release date: 01.01.1995

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Peter Henisch

Born 1943 in Vienna; post-war childhood followed by reconstruction-era puberty; studied philosophy and psychology; co-founded “Wespennest” literary magazine with Helmut Zenker in 1969; a footloose author since the 1970s.

Henisch's debut novel “Die kleine Figur meines Vaters” was first published in 1975 (English translation “Negatives Of My Father” published in 1990). Many novels followed, including “Die schwangere Madonna” (2005), “Eine sehr kleine Frau” (2007), “Mortimer und Miss Molly” (2013), and “Suchbild mit Katze” (2016). He has received numerous awards, including the Austria Kunstpreis.  Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: “Der Jahrhundertroman” (2021).

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