EUGEN RUGE, born in the Urals, studied mathematics in Berlin and became a member of the research staff at the Central Institute for Geophysics in Potsdam. He left the GDR for the West in 1988, where he began working as a writer and translator. He was awarded the Schiller Prize and stipend by the state of Baden Württemberg for his dramatic works. His first novel, In Times of Fading Light, was an international success and received numerous awards, including the Alfred Döblin Prize, the Aspekte Prize for Literature, and the German Book Prize. 2013 saw the publication of Cabo de Gata. A collection of plays and Approaches: Impressions of 14 Countries followed.
Coming five years after the international success of his novel In Times Of Fading Light, Eugen Ruge has crafted a new story that could hardly be more different, yet is also a continuation of his masterful narrative. September 2055: a man journeys under an artificial blue sky through HTUA China on a mission to market the concept behind his company. Nio Schulz’s remarkable idea is called “true barefoot running”. He inhabits a world of big data, gender cameras and self-optimization; he swims through an uninterrupted stream of information: a climate bomb detonates in Australia; he negotiaties with his almost-girlfriend about the price of a surrogacy; a news agency announces the death of his grandfather, Alexander Umnitzer, a loner with a hatred of progress.
Nio is modern, advanced, up-to-date. Already 39, he is fighting to stay abreast of the developments around him. But on the way to a business meeting he disappears before the all-seeing eyes of the officials that monitor everything. What happened? Bristling with creative ideas and studded with surprises, Follower is funny, vivacious and daring yet it has its finger firmly on the pulse of modern times. This darkly brilliant book is a worthy successor to Ruge’s internationally acclaimed novel.
A brilliant Follower and a worthy successor to the internationally acclaimed previous novel by the winner of the German Book Prize