A native of Augsburg, Georg Klein was born in 1953. His works published to date include Libidissi, Barbar Rosa, The Sun Is Shining On Us and The Naked Night Visitor. He has been the recipient of both the Brüder Grimm Prize and the Bachmann Prize for his prose. Novel Of Our Childhood won the Book Award of the Leipzig Book Fair. His novel The Future Of Mars was published in 2013.
Throughout his long career as a writer of prose, Georg Klein has used humour and emotion to show the cracks in standard narrative techniques where the light of the fantastic can break through into the greyness of the expected. Even genres with stark, rigid rules, soften to enable new intellectual and emotional surprises.
Miakro opens in the confines of a work environment that seems hermetically sealed from the outside world. Row upon row of workers in the “middle office” is busily employed at the “soft glass”. They march off as a unit in their blue overalls at the end of their shift to the sustenance corridor, where the “pale wall” presents a meal for them. Then each heads to their own personal bunk for some rest.
For the last few nights, Nettler, an office supervisor, has been woken by a curious “indoor wind” that shows him everything he thought he remembered about his working life, but in a way that has been shifted, transmuted. Slowly, the strict routines of the office start to crumble. Together with three colleagues he trusts, Nettler decides to break out.
But outside, the goings on within the capsuled space of the office are already under vigilant surveillance. The enclosure is surrounded. Lead agent Xazy seems intent on investigating the twilight zone of the natural, and the border between the outer and inner worlds.