The Parcel

Novel

Original Title: Das Päckchen

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 224 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87559-0
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 26.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 11, 2017
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A mystifying parcel. A missing manuscript from the 8th century. A librarian facing a riddle.

When he happens to be in Bern on business, Zurich librarian Ernst gets a phone call that is obviously a wrong connection. There is a woman at the other end he does not know and she begs him to come to see her immediately. On a whim Ernst goes to the nearby address. Here an elderly woman gives him a small parcel, which, so she claims, is from her deceased husband's estate and Ernst is to look after it so as to prevent it from falling into wrong hands. Very much to his own amazement, Ernst agrees.

Back home, he opens the parcel and discovers an old manuscript he recognises as the missing original of the Abrogans, a Latin-Old High German dictionary thought to be the probably oldest German-language book ever. What, Ernst wonders, is this mysterious find all about? And what should he best do with it?

For all readers of Martin Suter.

“wonderfully told, filled with suspense, and with much empathy for the characters”

Münchner Merkur

 
 

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