The Hapless Ones


Original Title: Die Unglückseligen

Hardcover with jacket, 560 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0598-6
€ 24.99 [D] | € 25.70 [A] | CHF 34.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Knaus

Date of publication: February 26, 2016
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Thea  Dorn - The Hapless Ones


A novel about the longing for immortality

Johanna Mawet is a molecular biologist involved in research into the immortality of cells in zebrafish. During a research trip to the USA she picks up a strange, ageless gentleman. The closer she gets to know him, the more abstruse she finds him. In the end, he lets her into his secret. He is the physicist Johann Wilhelm Ritter, born in 1776. Tough stuff for a scientist in the 21st century. In order to get to the bottom of his alleged immortality she has his DNA sequenced. When Johanna's colleagues grow suspicious, there is only one thing for it: the strange couple have to flee – to that place always popular for trysts between the striving for scientific knowledge and dark romanticism: Germany.

In her novel, Thea Dorn takes us to the extremes of bio-medicine and at the same time into the depths of a romantic soul. The Hapless Ones is huge entertainment, and it mirrors the long tradition of the Faust theme in a thoroughly modern setting.

"This work has entered contemporary German literature with a bang. A masterpiece."

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