The Sorrowful West

Original Title: Kummer im Westen

Paperback, with flaps, 352 pages, 13.5 x 20.6 cm, 5.3 x 8.1 in.
ISBN: 978-3-453-27266-8
€ 16.00 [D] | € 16.50 [A] | CHF 22.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Heyne Hardcore

Date of publication: September 14, 2020
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Alexander  Kühne - The Sorrowful West


"Düsterbusch City Lights should be compulsory reading in schools."

Tino Hanekamp (on Düsterbusch City Lights)

"Kühne reports on this with knowledge and fondness for the subject while avoiding any nostalgia and kitsch."


"An honest, vibrant story about personal relationships, large dreams, and the value of home."

ARD "Titel Thesen Temperamente"

"The Sorrowful West succeeds, with its authentic and humorous tone, in remembering a time three decades previously that was thought to have been already overworked.”

"Alexander Kühne understands how to tell tragicomic stories in a calculatedly audacious tone."

Deutschlandfunk Kultur

"With his second novel, Kühne has created a vivid panorama of the chaotic year of the border opening, with its crazy hopes and painful disappointments."

Junge Welt

"Authentically portrayed and with great immediacy. Highly recommended."

Radio Chemnitz

"Kühne processes his own experiences through Anton Kummer [...] he is able to awaken his character’s inner life with wit and empathy."

"Once again Kühne writes with a convincing mix of humour and a sense for bitter reality."

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