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Hans-Ulrich Treichel

Grunewaldsee - Novel

(German title: Grunewaldsee)
ca. 237 pages
Clothbound
2010
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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On an olive-strewn seaside property in Spain and the dog urine-steeped beaches of the Grunewaldsee, bestselling author Hans-Ulrich Treichel weaves his two characters into a love story. It is a story that only this master of sanguine melancholy and laconic derision could tell, full of falls and immensely satisfying.

In the West Berlin of 1980’s, Paul loves his city, even if it means living in a dark apartment on the courtyard of a building in the multicultural working class neighborhood of Kreuzberg. And he loves Maria, a Spanish woman with grey-blue eyes and a motorcycle jacket. They meet in Málaga where he is working as a language teacher. Maria, an up-and-coming doctor, becomes the love of his life and yet he soon has to leave her; she is married and expecting a child. But as he leaves Spain she cries out to him: »Permanecemos juntos!« - »We’ll stay together!«. And Maria’s promise is not any empty one; they meet again in Germany. Setting out from the lobby of the prestigious Munich hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, they embark on a journey together, even though it only lasts half a day...

Praise

»How often do you see German literature that really makes you laugh! Treichel is a truly humorous and spirited author.« Sigrid Löffler

»The high level of Hans-Ulrich Treichel‘s writing is as intelligent as it is entertaining.« taz

»Rarely has Treichel created a protagonist with such empathy, and woven such a dense web of interlinked motive and references. One of Treichel’s best novels.« Badische Zeitung

»In Grunewaldsee, Treichel proves once more that he is a master of the art of laconic disenchantment. « Die Märkische

»No one writes more beautifully about the tragicomedy of life than Hans-Ulrich Treichel.« Hamburger Abendblatt

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

Other publications

Tagesanbruch/Daybreak (2016)

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Anatolin/Anatolin (2008)

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Menschenflug/A Man's Flight (2005)

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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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