Release: 14.06.2022


  • Longlist of the German Literature Prize in 2022! 
  • 105,000 copies sold!
  • "Heinz Strunk can justifiably be called a genius … with every book that he publishes, his craftsmanship gains sharper contours.” Berliner Morgenpost
  • Heinz Strunk's previous novel It's Always so Lovely with You was longlisted for the German Book Prize 2021 and sold over 50,000 copies.

A pitch-dark summer escape.

Heinz Strunk’s new book is like a north German version of Death in Venice, only the temptations are a little less subtle than those in the book written by Thomas Mann, the man from Lübeck. A middle-class hero, a lawyer and writer named Roth, he sets off for Niendorf for a sabbatical. He plans to write an important book, a reckoning with his family. He is unlikely to run into anyone from his own circle in the petit bourgeois town on the Baltic Sea – which is why he chose it. But he soon gets into the clutches of a loud and banal demonic spirit: a man who rents out beach chairs and also owns the local off-licence. Disconcertment and annoyance slowly grow into a random community and, at some point, a necessity. The off-licence owner’s girlfriend is the third person to join the group – very far from being a perfect woman – and yet … by the end of the summer story, Roth has completely lost touch with his old life; he has become someone else …

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  • Publisher: Rowohlt Buchverlag
  • Release: 14.06.2022
  • 240 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-498-00292-3
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Dennis Dirksen

Heinz Strunk

The musician, actor and writer Heinz Strunk was born in Bevensen in 1962. He is a founding member of the comedy trio Studio Braun. His book Meat Is My Veg has sold half a million copies. It has since been adapted into a prize-winning radio play, an operetta at the Hamburger Schauspielhaus and also a feature film. The Golden Glove topped the bestseller lists for months and was nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2016. In 2016, he received the Wilhelm Raabe Prize. Es ist immer so schön mit dir and Ein Sommer in Niendorf were both nominated for the German Book Prize.