André Kubiczek was born in Potsdam in 1969 and lives in Berlin. 2002 saw the publication of his acclaimed novel Young Talents; The Good and the Bad and The Stars Shine Above followed. He was awarded the Candide Prize in 2007. His most recent books were The Fabulous Year Of Anarchy (2014) and A Sketch Of Summer (2016), which was shortlisted for the German Book Prize.
THE FABULOUS YEAR OF ANARCHY
May 1990: A young couple in their early twenties move to the East German countryside, to a region of semi-deserted villages and abandoned farms. Andreas and Ulrike plan to renovate an old farmhouse in the middle of the Brandenburg plains, to turn it into a home for their new love, for their lives together. They are filled with hope, with an optimism bordering on the radical. The future seems as distant as some bygone age, as do the bourgeois social structures soon to arrive from the West. The old GDR is drawing its last; its citizens are friendly, expectant. March saw the momentous decision to reunite with West Germany, while the currency union is to arrive in July. Meanwhile the young couple is building its pastoral Eden. Ulrike’s brother Arnd – who the two mock for his “apocalyptic” scowl – stops by now and then with news from the real world. New businesses are springing up everywhere; the urban wastelands are now home to used car dealerships. Arnd’s ire grows; he starts raging about the need for action to drive out the capitalist invaders. And it so happens that during one of his visits a fire breaks out at a nearby bank…
This is the first novel written about the happiest period of anarchy in recent German history. An expertly told story about the wonderful, nervous happiness inherent in all new beginnings.