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Christoph Hein

Guldenberg - Novel

(German title: Guldenberg)
ca. 288 pages
Clothbound
2021
Christoph Hein
Foto: Christoph Hein
© Heike Steinweg

Born in 1944, Christoph Hein lives in Berlin. He has written novels, novellas, short stories, plays, essays and children’s books. His most recent novels were on the Spiegel bestseller list for weeks. His recent awards include the 2019 Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater), the 2019 Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize and the 2017 Grimmelshausen Prize.

Awards (selection):
2019: Prix du Meilleur livre étranger (for Glückskind mit Vater)
2019: Samuel Bogumił Linde Prize
2017: Grimmelshausen Literature Prize
2013: Stefan Heym Prize
2012: Uwe Johnson Prize
2010: Eichendorff Literature Prize
2008: Walter Hasenclever Literature Prize
2004: Schiller Memorial Prize of the State of Baden-Württemberg
2002: Austrian State Prize for European Literature
2000: Solothurner Literature Prize
1998: Peter Weiss Prize of the City of Bochum
1994: Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
1990: Erich Fried Prize (Vienna)
1983: Deutscher Kritikerpreis

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Bad Guldenberg is everywhere

More than 150.000 copies sold of Christoph Hein’s last three novels

»The air is the best thing about Guldenberg, the city could bottle this air and sell it. We owe it to the surrounding forests and especially to the heath. The air tastes like tree resin and fir sprigs and heather. Breathing is easy here. Other than that, there are only those small houses, everything is low and crouched. That’s Guldenberg. If you want to be a highflyer here, you’ll get but a bloody nose.«

About

In the small town of Bad Guldenberg the world is still alright. At least until a group of underage immigrants is given accommodation in the Old Seglerheim. The people of Guldenberg agree: The strangers simply don’t fit in and are causing nothing but trouble. As tensions rise, there are rude remarks and provocations and when the rumour that a young woman was raped spreads, everyone soon agrees that it must have been one of the young immigrants. And the people of Guldenberg will not stand for that…

Christoph Hein’s new novel paints a moral portrait of a society that is out of joint. Of people who see themselves as victims and become perpetrators as a result. Of the kind of racism we encounter every day.

Praise

»One of the sharpest eyes working in contemporary German literature.« Der Tagesspiegel

»Detailed storytelling with clear psychological depth and resonance.« Information (Denmark) on Glückskind mit Vater

Other publications

Verwirrnis/Befuddlement (2018)

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Trutz/Trutz (2017)

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Glückskind mit Vater/Portrait of a Son With Father (2016)

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Weiskerns Nachlass/Weiskern's Legacy (2011)

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Frau Paula Trousseau/Ms. Paula Trousseau (2007)

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In seiner frühen Kindheit ein Garten/In his early childhood, a garden (2005)

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Mama ist gegangen/Mama Has Gone (2005)

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Landnahme/Settlement (2004)

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Willenbrock/Willenbrock (2000)

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Von allem Anfang an/Von allem Anfang an (1997)

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Der Tangospieler/The Tango Player (1989)

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Horns Ende/Horn's End (1985)

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Der fremde Freund. Drachenblut/The Distant Lover (1982)

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