Original Title: Marschmusik
Hardcover with jacket,
13.5 x 21.5 cm,
5.3 x 8.5 in.
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 24.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price
Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag
Date of publication:
March 13, 2017
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About a guy who broke out from the narrow world of his working class parents
Martin Becker tells of the disappearance of a world – the world he grew up in – in a small town. He not only conveys how, as a working class child, he was an outsider but also the wonders that are still waiting to be discovered even in the supposedly dreariest of small-town childhoods.
Becker's novel is characterised by a tragicomical lightness, for in spite of its candour and the provincial narrow-mindedness it describes, the story of this family also has its humorous and funny sides.
An autobiographical novel for all readers of Ralf Rothmann's Young Light.
Praise for A Beautiful Life:
"The way Martin Becker plays with words, his art of exaggeration and his unspoken sympathy for the heroes of his stories all go to make these ballads of comical misfortune very readable." Deutschland Radio Kultur
"I don't know when I last read anything as original, surprising, cheeky, turbulent, wise, drastic and at the same time warm-hearted. Martin Becker goes the whole hog – this is exactly how I imagine good literature should be." Terézia Mora
"A story about growing up, a book about the magical world of coal mining and the seductive power of the darkness below ground."
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