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Cordula Simon - THE WOLVES OF PRIPYAT

As convincing as it is provocative, Simon's novel is a portrait of a not-so-distant future in which surveillance state and identity politics make for a perfect match.

Fast-paced and humorous, Cordula Simon's biting novel describes a future that is worryingly close to our present. Surveillance and self-regulation by means of an implanted log have become common place – those who don't participate attract suspicion. When Sandor, the weatherman on Honest Airwaves reveals the destructive intentions of the Tolerance Union while on air, the regime's response is merciless. He is persecuted relentlessly, just like the "Wolves of Pripyat", an alleged terrorist group that fights against the Consul who reigns over the Union with supposed benevolence. Simon's sweeping novel is a hallucinatory vision of a future in which even the longed-for freedom is no more than a digitally generated illusion, a particularly cunning trick of the system.

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400 pages
format:125 x 205
ISBN: 9783701717507
Release date: 15.02.2022

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Authors
Cordula Simon

Born in Graz in 1986, Simon studied German and Russian philology in Graz as well as Odessa, where she lived from 2011 to 2015. Her numerous publications have appeared in 'manuskripte', 'lichtungen', 'Zeit-Campus' and 'Fleisch'. In 2013 she participated in the 37th 'Tage der deutschsprachigen Literatur' literary debate. Cordula Simon was a scholarship holder of the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and has received numerous prizes for her works. Most recently published by Residenz Verlag: 'Wie man schlafen soll' (2016), 'Der Neubauer' (2018) and 'Die Wölfe von Pripyat' (2022)

Press

So bleibt von dieser unterhaltsamen, spannenden und geistvollen Lektüre an erster Stelle die Frage, was Freiheit in unserer vom Digitalen bestimmten Welt bedeuten kann.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Straub, Ö1 EX LIBRIS]

Verpackt in eine rasante Geschichte voll schwarzem Humor und bitterbösen Überspitzungen liefert Simon mit „Die Wölfe von Pripyat“ eine wortgewaltige Abrechnung mit unserer Gegenwart, die ihre Freiheit irgendwo zwischen freiwilliger Überwachung in Sozialen Medien und fehlgeleiteter Identitätspolitik völlig zu verlieren droht.
[Quelle: Christoph Hartner, STEIRERKRONE]

Cordula Simons Vision eines Überwachungsstaats wirkt bedrohlich realistisch und nah.
[Quelle: Sebastian Fasthuber, FALTER]

"Die Wölfe von Pripyat" sind spannend, beklemmend und beunruhigend. Und haben damit derzeit leider nur eine Konkurrenz: die aktuellen Nachrichten.
[Quelle: Wolfgang Huber-Lang, APA]

Simon entwirft eine zynisch humorvolle Version einer bitteren Zukunft.
[Quelle: claud, CITY-FLYER]

Der Zynismus von Cordula Simon nimmt streckenweise den Atem, ebenso die visionäre Fantasie der Autorin, die schon lang vor den aktuellen Ereignissen in der Ukraine an ihrem Roman geschrieben haben muss. (...) Soll man das lesen? Unbedingt.
[Quelle: Karin Waldner-Petutschnig, KLEINE ZEITUNG]

Die Welt, wie Cordula Simon sie sieht, ist nicht lückenlos verständlich und gerade deswegen faszinierend. Wie in allen bisherigen Büchern wird auch hier der Hang zu apokalyptischen Szenarien durch einen befreienden Humor gemildert. (...) Die Fragen, die sie mit "Die Wölfe von Pripyat" aufwirft, regen zum Weiterdenken an.
[Quelle: Kirstin Breitenfellner, LITERATURHAUS.AT]

Ein Roman dessen Schauplatz vor dem Hintergrund des Krieges in der Ukraine besondere Relevanz hat.
[Quelle: ORF ZiB]

Anspielungen Simons auf die Cancel Culture und die Identitätspolitik sind gut gewählt und erden diese dystopische Erzählung in der Gegenwart.
[Quelle: Irina Kilimnik, DIE PRESSE]

…eine bedrückende Dystopie.
[Quelle: Gabriele Fachinger, EKZ]

...gefährliche Abenteuergeschichte...beachtenswert.
[Quelle: LESART]

Restbestände des utopischen Potentials, das in jedem Anfang nistet, bewahrt ... die Sprache, und zwar ... dort, wo sie schweigt. Das heisst nicht, dass sie nichts sagt, sondern dass sie es auf unerhörte Weise tut. ... Diese Sprache will die Realität weder verschleiern noch zugreifen auf sie. Sie wartet, hält inne, bis es scheint, als würden die Dinge von sich aus sprechen. Auch diese Sprache sagt nicht, was ist, doch sie hält gegenwärtig, was sein könnte.
[Quelle: Gerhard Melzer, MANUSKRIPTE]

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