Thomas Kapielski

Dungmortar - Novel of a Blusterer

(German title: Kotmörtel)
ca. 300 pages
Thomas Kapielski
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Thomas Kapielski was born on September 16, 1951 in Berlin-Charlottenburg. He studied Philology, Physical Geography as well as Philosophy at the Free University of Berlin. From the 1990s onwards, Kapielski has been publishing texts in publications such as DIE ZEIT, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau. He works as an author, artist, musician and lecturer.

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»What a master of language and writing.« Gerrit Bartels


Frowalt Hiffenmarkt from Grollstadt-Sauger has an honest job as a salesman for curious sanitary articles, follows a strong urge to give speeches in train stations and maintains a writing hideaway in Meppen that not even his wife knows about.

The guileless man ends up in prison in a both silly and entertaining way. Every day he is now interviews by a detective who is seemingly concerned with no one else but him and has a penchant for arguing. We learn about this in the notes he pens during captivity and that owe their shocking, truthful power largely to an insect species that has always been kind to him: a kind of dung fly (scathophaga), that assails Hiffenmarkts brain and thoughts after sundown and leaves behind traces of writing... A thriller of morals from the evil new times when blustering still helped.