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.
In a near-future Germany, public order is faltering, the influence of anarchists and ‘illegals’ is spreading like an infection and rumours of a revolution are sweeping through the streets. Marek leads a more-or-less respectable life, working at the university and living with Adriana, his wife, and her children from a previous marriage. When the headmistress makes absurd accusations at Marek, he embarks on a small-scale war on the local government and police; as his colleague weighs in, the situation spirals out of control.
Meanwhile, Marek’s 19-year-old son Felix visits his father in a final attempt to try to understand him. “He was always putting a foot just slightly off the beaten path, but it happened so often that the sum of all his missteps finally led him into the wilderness.” After a chaotic escape, both end up stranded somewhere in Bohemian Switzerland. It’s here, in a remote weaver’s hut, that they finally get to know themselves and each other while they wait for things to calm down at home. Both ask themselves how things could have come this far…
André Kubiczek’s story portrays a father-son relationship enveloped in a broader state of emergency. Yet instead of describing the myriad absurdities of our reality with overcharged alarmism, he depicts an apocalypse approaching deftly and quietly, like a skilled dancer