Hanns-Josef Ortheil: The Invention of Life. Luchterhand Literaturverlag (Hardcover, Literary Fiction)

The Invention of Life


Original Title: Die Erfindung des Lebens

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 592 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87296-4
€ 24.00 [D] | € 24.70 [A] | CHF 33.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 14, 2009
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Rights sold to: Italy (Keller Editore)

· Selected by new books in german

· Sample translation available

Hanns-Josef  Ortheil - The Invention of Life


The story of a mute child that must invent his life in order to find happiness

This story follows the life of a young man from childhood days to his first success as a writer.

He grows up as the only surviving child of his parents, who lost four sons during and after the Second World War. His mother loses her speech, and to begin with her last son lives by her side without ever saying a word. It is not for many years that he is able to release himself from the clutch of his family and embark on a career in Rome as a pianist, which, however, is a failure. After returning to Germany, one of his old teachers makes the fascinating suggestion that he try his hand at writing.

He must invent life over and over again, and the fact that after unbelievable highs and their ensuing crashes it all turns out well in the end is only just short of a miracle.

“Hanns-Josef Ortheil is one of the most productive and reflective authors that contemporary German literature has to offer.”

Stuttgarter Zeitung


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