Alexandra Friedmann: Dying for Beginners <br><br>or Rafik Shulman's Astonishing Journey to Life . btb Verlag (Hardcover, Fiction)

Dying for Beginners

or Rafik Shulman's Astonishing Journey to Life


Original Title: Sterben für Anfänger oder Rafik Shulmans erstaunliche Reise ins Leben

Hardcover with jacket, 320 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-75822-7
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: btb

Date of publication: March 11, 2019
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Alexandra  Friedmann - Dying for Beginners  -  - or Rafik Shulman's Astonishing Journey to Life


A novel packed with wit, wisdom and charm

Rafik Shulman, the son of Jewish immigrants from what used to be the Soviet Union, has put it into his head to work in a hospice after finishing university. At the hospice he gets to know not only terminally ill patients but also the immensely fun-loving Charlotte.

The combination confuses him – since his father lost his life in Chernobyl death has always been something that was not spoken about. His permanently offended mother and his querulous grandmother are sure he has gone round the bend. Why does he have to go and work in a hospice of all places? With all those "lazy vegetables"?

While the two women are driving him crazy at home with their exaggerated care and attention, the encounter with Charlotte brings about a far-reaching change in the shy young man. He starts looking for a meaning in life – a search which is as funny as it is profound and which takes him to the wise cantor Golan, to a terrifying Jesus on the cross and finally to himself.

"As funny as profound, and read through in one sitting."





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