The Rest of the Night


Original Title: Der Rest der Nacht

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 208 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87360-2
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: March 3, 2014
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Martin  Becker - The Rest of the Night


"This is exactly as I imagine good literature to be like." Terézia Mora

"For a year now my father has been dead. For a year now, no matter where I am, there is always this one sum: so and so many days ago I arrived. In so and so many days I'll be gone again. Yesterday was the beginning of the week, in six days it'll be over. For over a year now there has been no more Now, there is a beginning behind me and the end ahead of me. The time in between – one long endurance."

A young man returns to the small town of his childhood to sell the house of his deceased father and to kill an old woman. He can never sleep for longer than an hour and is an obsessive liar who changes lives like his clothes. He wants to complete his mission and then disappear again as quickly as possible. Nothing could keep him in this town. But then he meets a woman and falls in love. All of a sudden his shirt is as white as freshly fallen snow out in the country. All of a sudden he is only a man who loves a woman. Nothing more seems to threaten him until in the end he is forced to come to face the past he has been trying to forget…

"I don't know when I last read anything as original, surprising, saucy, turbulent, wise and drastic and yet at the same time so warm-hearted. Martin Becker goes the whole hog."

Terézia Mora on A Beautiful Life


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