Walpurgis Day


Original Title: Walpurgistag

Hardcover with jacket, 448 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-421-04505-8
€ 21.99 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: DVA Belletristik

Date of publication: September 5, 2011
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Finland (Wsoy), Taiwan (Ten Points Publ.)

Annett  Gröschner - Walpurgis Day


A fast-paced urban novel, just bursting with life stories

It is April 30 in Berlin, and the city is gritting its teeth for the annual riots associated with Walpurgis Night. For Annja Kobe, this is the ideal opportunity to move — without drawing the attention of the police — to a new abode with her father, who has been lying frozen in a deep freeze for ten years and five months. She turns for help to Alex, a down-and-out who knows the loopholes in Berlin better than anyone else.

On their journey through the city, their paths cross those of people who have to move because of changes in property ownership; of people reading gas meters or going places by taxi; of people going to school or playing truant, or rushing into blind dates in an attempt to escape urban loneliness; or who think they can improve the world with action theatre.

All these life stories are woven together to create a thick web lying over the city in such a way that Berlin itself, both its past and its present, becomes one of the protagonists.

A wise book, ingeniously structured, fast-paced and narrated with wit and to the point.

"… demonstrates a rare skill for succinctly evoking history through everyday occurrences and individual memories, replete with telling details and authentic voices."

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