Nils Mohl

This was Once Native American Territory

"I need a car, I need money, I need sleep. What I have is a hat, another 5 days of summer holiday and Edda’s drill." Home for Grünhorn is a high-rise block on the outskirts of the city. Since just recently, he is in love with the red-haired Jackie from the rich part of town. Then suddenly the world turns upside down: Zöllner strangles his wife during an argument. The 21 year old Edda is stalking Grünhorn. Mauser enters into the fray with Kondor. A Native American Indian turns up. And at the Festival on the border there is a biblical storm brewing - is this what growing up is really supposed to feel like? Nils Mohl tells a fast-paced and unconventional tale of the adventure of being 17. A novel as harsh as a Larry Clark film and as tender as a Radiohead song. An ambitiously constructed story about the desire for love, friendship, happiness and redemption. Two time winner of the MDR Literature Competition and of the Hamburg Literature Prize Nils Mohl deserves to be not only highly esteemed as an author but much more widely read. Nils Mohl belongs to the Forum of Hamburg Authors and lectures in writing techniques at Hamburg University.

Nils Mohl

Nils Mohl

was born in 1971, and lives and works in Hamburg. He was awarded the Oldenburger Children’s and Youth Literature Prize and the German Youth Literature Prize –among others – for This was Once Native American Territory in 2012. 

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