Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Anatolin - Novel

(German title: Anatolin)
ca. 280 pages
Hans-Ulrich Treichel
Foto: Hans-Ulrich Treichel
© Heike Steinweg

Hans-Ulrich Treichel was born in Versmold, Westphalia in 1952. He now lives in Berlin and Leipzig and is professor of German literature at the University of Leipzig.

»Hans-Ulrich Treichel’s books are a testament that we know nothing, least of all about ourselves.« Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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France (Gallimard), Poland (Czytelnik)


In search of his own memories, the hero of this cheerful-melancholy novel realizes that an »autobiographical evacuation« has taken place. His lost brother dominates his childhood, and also turns the search for his parents into a Treichel-typical adventure.

The quest takes him to the East, to a remote one-road village in Ukraine, followed by an even smaller hamlet in the Polish region once known as the »Wartheland«. What the man without a past learns about his ancestors amounts to nothing – and yet the material is more than enough to fill a novel.

Anybody who detects similarities between this account and the biography of the internationally successful author Hans-Ulrich Treichel is on the right track – but pursuing a red herring at the same time. With Anatolin, Treichel adds an interesting twist to the theme of his prizewinning novels Der Verlorene (Lost) and Menschenflug (A Man’s Flight). As entertaining as it is clever and wise, the result is a cunning puzzle play with the prerequisites for autobiographical accounts, a dance with the unknown self in search of a past.

For more information about Anatolin please note the review in New Books in German as well as the detailed English reader's report, available upon request.

Other publications

Tagesanbruch/Daybreak (2016)

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France (Gallimard)

Grunewaldsee/Grunewaldsee (2010)

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France (Gallimard)

Menschenflug/A Man's Flight (2005)

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France (Gallimard)

Der irdische Amor/Earthly Amor (2002)

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English world rights (Pantheon), Chinese simplex rights (People’s Literature Publishing House), Russia (AST), France (Hachette), Italy (Neri Pozza), Netherlands (Ambo), Denmark (Rosinante), Norway (Pax), Bulgaria (Atlantis), Turkey (Iletisim)

Tristanakkord/Trista­nakko­­rd (2000)

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Der Verlorene/Lost (1998)

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USA (Pantheon), UK (Picador), Spanish World Rights (Galaxia Gutenberg), Catalan World Rights (Enciclopedia Catalana), Chinese complex rights (Eurasian Publ. Group), Russia (AST), Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Hachette), Italy (Einaudi), Netherlands (Ambo), Denmark (Rosinante Munksgaard), Sweden (Wahlström & Widstrand), Norway (Pax), Finland (Söderström), Iceland (Mal og menning), Korea (Chaeksesang), Poland (Czytelnik), Slovakia (Slovart), Hungary (Europa), Bulgaria (Atlantis), Lithuania (Sofoklis), Croatia (Croatian Philological Ass.), Turkey (Ayrinti), Greece (Periplous), Albania (K&B), Ukraine (Tandem), Thailand (schau-Thai), Israel (Achuzat Bayit)