Sebastian Janata was born in the eastern part of Austria in the late 80s. He left school one year before his final exams, in order to establish a commune in Berlin as a member of the group “Ja, Panik”. After five high-profile studio albums, the group released the collectively written book “Futur II” through the Verbrecher publishing company. Sebastian Janata lives and works in Berlin. The Ambassador is his debut novel.
Young Hugo Navratil has to return to the Austrian countryside. His grandfather has died, a man with whom he shared a love of nature and the death of a small hunting dog. Now the family wants to pay their last respects. The Burgenland village, the woods, friend and foe, everything seems to be just as it always was. But two women catch Hugo’s eye at the funeral.
They are in search of an antique hunting rifle and think that Hugo knows where it is. The more Hugo gets involved with the two of them, the more he comes to understand that there was a lot more to his grandfather than he thought. What has the group got to do with all of this, which once brought his grandfather and these two women together?
The Ambassador is an ode to matriarchy and the story of an anti-hero, who could barely be more intrepid. Sebastian Janata’s debut is humorous, quirky and bang up to date.