There’s a Knock


Original Title: Es klopft

Hardcover with jacket, 176 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87266-7
€ 17.95 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: August 20, 2007
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Rights sold to: Azerbaijan (Alatoran Literary Magazin), India/Hindi (Saar Sansaar), Russia (Ripol)

Franz  Hohler - There’s a Knock


When ENT specialist Manuel Ritter has just sat down in the train home after a medical congress, a woman knocks at the window of his compartment. Not long afterwards, this woman is in his practice and wants a child from him. Ritter indignantly refuses this wish – he is happily married with two children – and yet he cannot resist the charm of this unknown woman. Nine months later, he receives a card saying "It worked". Since then, he feels there is a stain on his life, the thought of which he is long able to suppress. When, many years later, he is affected by tinnitus, Manuel Ritter gradually begins to understand that this noise must have something to do with his escapade with the unknown woman. From then on, he finds it more and more difficult to defend the façade of the happy husband and established doctor …

Franz Hohler has written his novel with suspense and inscrutable wit. His protagonist keeps defending his biography against all manifestations of the irrational and inexplicable until he has to give in and admit to himself that his supposedly "normal" life is but a farce. For the attraction of the dark forces of life – and this is something Hohler shows irresistibly and with relish – is so strong that he cannot cope with it.


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