Ulf Erdmann Ziegler

And now it’s your turn, Orlando! - Novel

(German title: Und jetzt du, Orlando!)
ca. 219 pages
Ulf Erdmann Ziegler
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Ulf Erdmann Ziegler was born in 1959 in Neumünster / Holstein. His novel Hamburger Hochbahn earned him Nr. 1 on the SWR-Bestseller List. Ziegler was awarded the Friedrich-Hebbel-Prize in 2008. In 2012, his novel Nothing White, »a new style of realistic narrative« (German Book Prize Jury), was published and was later nominated for the German Book Prize and the Wilhelm Raabe Prize for Literature. Ulf Erdmann Ziegler lives in Frankfurt am Main.

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On Appearance and Reality in Flashy London


The touching story of a unique friendship and a perfectly penned declaration of love to the cinema.

Oliver is living the life of a film in London. After moving away from Mannheim, he has managed to successfully rearrange Turnstyle Movies, marry a witty English girl, and engage in a wonderfully uncomplicated affair with Anu. What is lacking, however, is a friend with whom he can share his success. In an interview he discovers the young, black, and charismatic Orlando. Together they wander the nighttime city as if they had come out on the other side of the screen. But if that is where you have ended up, where exactly are you supposed to focus? Turnstyle is to be consolidated, and Oliver’s marriage is on the rocks. On top of that, his young friend is much more than simply the talented outsider he sees in him: Orlando needs no audience, he needs help. And all of the sudden it is up to Oliver to save not only the film that is his life, but his only friend as well.

Ulf Erdmann Ziegler elegantly and nimbly writes of appearance and reality in a flashy millennial London. And of the courage it takes to be oneself.

»The whole world is like a piece of candy, you peel off the paper from both sides and it falls into your hand. You get it, Orlando? Everything’s possible, and I mean everything.«


Ulf Erdmann Ziegler reads from his novel And now it’s your turn, Orlando!:

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