Release: 14.03.2023

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  • 170,000 copies sold! 
  • Winner of the German Book Prize 2023!
  • A new literary voice. A classic of tomorrow.
  • His first novel Nicht wie ihr was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2019.
  • Recommended by New Books in German.
  • Extended English and Spanish sample translations available.

From the classroom to the digital playing field – a social novel which combines zeitgeist and narrative tradition in new ways.

An elite boarding school in Vienna, housed within what used to be the Habsburgs’ summer residence. The form tutor is an old-fashioned and despotic man. What could anyone hope to learn here that they could actually use in real life? Till Kokorda has no time for the canon or for this snobbish environment. His passion is gaming – specifically the real-time strategy game “Age of Empires 2”. After his father dies, Till’s hobby becomes a necessity. Although nobody at the school knows it, Till is an online celebrity at the age of 15 – the youngest Top-10 player in the world. But how real is this kind of happiness? In 2020, his final year at the school, nothing goes the way Till had expected it to, either at school or in life.
Tonio Schachinger’s novel moves between almost-universal experiences and places that most of us are unfamiliar with. At the same time his writing is surprising, his humour unpretentious and accessible: Echtzeitalter is an example and proof of the timeless power of a good story. And a great social novel.

„A witty, coolly analytical, insightful story of young people in the 21st century ... An outstanding contemporary novel.“ Frankfurter Sonntagszeitung

„Schachinger writes with a rarely fine, at the same time macabre humor, sentences and school years flow along as light as a feather ... a remarkable piece of literature.“ Süddeutsche Zeitung

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  • Publisher: Rowohlt Buchverlag
  • Release: 14.03.2023
  • 368 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-498-00317-3
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Tonio Schachinger

Tonio Schachinger was born in New Delhi in 1992. He studied German at the University of Vienna and language arts at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Nicht wie ihr, his first novel, was shortlisted for the German Book Prize in 2019 and nominated for the Rauris Prize for Literature. In 2023, he received the German Book Prize for his second novel, Echtzeitalter. Tonio Schachinger lives in Vienna.