Zitate zu Terézia Mora: Monster. Luchterhand Literaturverlag (Hardcover, Literary Fiction)



Original Title: Das Ungeheuer

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 688 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87365-7
€ 22.99 [D] | € 23.70 [A] | CHF 32.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 2, 2013
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Bulgaria (Paradox), France (Piranha), Hungary (Libri/Jelenkor), Macedonia (Goten), Norway (Solum), Sweden (Rámus)

Winner of the Deutsche Buchpreis 2013

English sample translation will be available

Terézia  Mora - Monster


"This novel is masterful."

RBB Inforadio

„In her incomparably mellow, brilliant, and original style, Terézia Mora movingly and unconventionally writes about the dark side within us.”

NRD Kultur

"With Monster, Terézia Mora has succeeded in writing a wonderful novel about an existential experience."


"The expeditions into human life, the immersion into the depths of human relationships – this novel is masterfully woven."

rbb Inforadio

"Mora has written a melancholic, humorous, and often suspenseful story about being at cross purposes with reality, and the excesses of the glossy success-oriented society and its losers."

Nürnberger Nachrichten

"In her incomparably cool, brilliant, and original style, Terézia Mora tells in a developed and moving way of the dark sides in us all."

NDR Kultur

"The beginning of this story is furious. Terézia Mora uses a wonderful literarised informal language for her dialogues, pleasurably conveys bizarre events, and directly juxtaposes humour and despair. The strong appeal derives from what Flora has done and Kopp’s perception of his marriage. … There are many great passages, sensuously powerful descriptions, wonderfully morbid satire, and skilfully sketched minor characters; in particular there are many subplots, which in a variety of ways are evidence of how well and powerfully Terézia Mora can write."

Die Zeit

"Terézia Mora’s dark novel of two separated lives would not be such a great work were it not for its unique use of language, with which there is nothing to compare in contemporary German literature."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung

"Mora is not one of those authors who continuously have something to say, but when she does, she writes completely remarkable books. Artfully told and at the same time poetically loaded – literature in the best sense of the word. A wonderful novel!"

Augsburger Allgemeine

"Terézia Mora’s novel can be described as an adventure novel – not just because of the unusual dovetailing of both plot lines but also because of the great freedom of style. Mora often changes the narrative perspective from one sentence to the next, and she mixes lyrical tones with slang, epical passages with poetry, and stammering with brilliant speech. This richness of variation is obviously artistry, and it at the same time heightens the immediacy of the story. Terézia Mora is a master of compression. How else should world drama and the tragic story of a great love fit onto 700 pages?"

Kölner Stadtanzeiger

"Terézia Mora remains on the fine edge between convention and surprise and through this gives every protagonist in every situation a believable voice, and because of this one will read this novel with both detachment and empathy. And this is appropriate for Flora’s medical history. No one in past years has so persistently and artistically illuminated the fine shading between restlessness and sheer panic as has Mora."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

"The Monster is an impressive book in its bluntness and linguistic radicality."


"A massive novel, linguistically powerful, rich in tempo and perspectives. And also comical and just as unsettling in its compromise-less search for the abyss called life."

Kleine Zeitung Steiermark

"Even if is about death, this book is filled with life."

Kurier am Sonntag

"The Monster, the third novel from Terézia Mora, pulls in readers with its power of language, its austere and precisely arranged words, into the wild currents of the love story of Darius and Flora. The story begins half a year after her suicide. Darius Kopp is unable to deal with the death of his wife. Terézia Mora artfully describes his angry grief, the everyday things that are intolerable to him, his melancholy and feeling of helplessness. She impressively portrays the despair of Darius Kopp, and his constant failures in dealing with life."

Kurier am Sonntag

"One of the most convincing attempts in German literature to reflect identity against the background of migration."

Spiegel Online

"This novel is a stirring road trip and a view into the abyss of the soul. The German Book Prize for Terézia Mora’s The Monster is recognition of a work of art: a captivating book about melancholy, sadness, and death."

Spiegel Online

"A painful and captivating novel."

Der Spiegel

"Terézia Mora’s novel The Monster connects the experimental with the dynamic, the nearly burlesque. This novel is rich in literary allusions, cosmopolitan, bitter and at the same time humorous. A book award decision about which … there is absolutely nothing to object to."

Die Welt

"Mora is capable of combining realistic passages with extreme compression in order to change perspective, mix irony and sadness, shine linguistically, and still provide something humanly consoling in the midst of something dark. A novel that will make its readers richer."


"Set up as a parallel road movie and medical report, Terézia Mora’s The Monster is a keenly constructed and captivatingly narrated journey of a grieving widower through half of Europe and finally to himself. This has the elements of a classic."

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