Wolfgang Herrndorf

TSCHICK

A journey into the countryside...in a Lada

With his mother in rehab and father away on a business trip with his young lover, Maik is home alone in his parents’ villa. It’s the first day of the summer holidays. Together with Tschick, a German-Russian from the tower blocks on the wrong side of the tracks in Hellersdorf, Maik shows up in a stolen Lada at Tatjana’s birthday party, a girl he’s head over heels in love with. Soon after, they’re tearing through the German countryside in the blazing sunshine, heading ever further south east, to Walachei, where Tschick’s grandfather lives.

This latest novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf is a story of an impossible friendship between two boys - a road novel packed with melancholy and humour. 

Wolfgang Herrndorf

Wolfgang Herrndorf

Wolfgang Herrndorf, born in Hamburg in 1965, studied art, contributed drawings to Titanic amongst other publications, and began to write relatively late in his career. In 2002 his debut novel, Velvet Thunder, was published, for which Joachim Lottmann declared him to be a ‘Doyen of Pop Literature’. He was awarded with the Deutscher Erzählerpreis for On this Side of the Van Allen Belt in 2008 and (for his book Tschick) with the Clemens Brentano Preis (2011), the Deutscher Jugendbuchpreis (2011) and the Hans-Fallada-Preis (2012).
Wolfgang Herrndorf died on August 26th, 2013 in Berlin.

 

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