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Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Better Than Ever - Novel

(German title: Schöner denn je)
ca. 175 pages
Clothbound
2021
Hans-Ulrich Treichel
Foto: Hans-Ulrich Treichel
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Hans-Ulrich Treichel was born in Versmold, Westphalia in 1952. He now lives in Berlin and Leipzig and was Professor of German Literature at the University of Leipzig. His works have been translated into 28 languages.

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

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How life does not succeed but we have to live it anyway– told in a lucid, weightless narrative style

»Insults were, considered on the whole and in view of life overall, probable and expectable. It wasn’t the insults one received that were surprising but the reparations.«

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To be like Erik just once! That’s what Andreas has always wanted, and that’s why he has been trying to make friends with Erik – always polite, enviably relaxed, but ultimately unapproachable – since they were teenagers. But Erik is not only better when it comes to grades, popularity with girls or sports.

Twenty years later, when they meet by chance in Berlin, Andreas is just a Romance philologist and teacher in training while Erik has made it as a set designer in the glamorous world of Hollywood and has become close to famous movie stars – such as Hélène, a world-famous actress whom Andreas has had a crush on all his life. Without ever suspecting that Hélène, of all people, would be the one to leave the movie screen and walk into his life, in the flesh, for a few days. Thanks to Erik, certainly, but without him.

Better Than Ever is a trenchant, affectionately laconic novel. With his unique dry humour Hans-Ulrich Treichel lets his wistfully wavering hero, Andreas Reiss, roam within the walls of West Berlin – a melancholic who does things shortly after professing that it would be better not to do them. And just as with Chekhov’s gun you can be sure that in the end everything will have been relevant.

Praise

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

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