Albert Ostermaier

His Time to Die - Novel

(German title: Seine Zeit zu sterben)
ca. 280 pages
Albert Ostermaier
Foto: Albert Ostermaier
© Susanne Schleyer

Albert Ostermaier, born in Munich in 1967, was playwright-in-residence at the Nationaltheater in Mannheim and at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel.

Albert Ostermaier has been awarded renowned prizes for his dramatic works, among them the Kleist-Prize, the Bertolt-Brecht-Prize and the 2011 World Literature Prize for his oeuvre. He has hitherto published more than 20 books and 28 plays with Suhrkamp. He was writer-in-residence in New York and has been a visiting lecturer at various German universities for the past few years. Ostermaier gained a high reputation as the artistic director of different festivals.

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A hell-trip of a novel


An enthralling, powerful thriller out of the gleaming world of Kitzbühel.

The Streif in Kitzbühel: the most dangerous downhill ski race in the world, a hell-trip on naked ice. The city in an annual emergency: all eyes on the Hahnenkamm, on this glittering snow world and the final straight. It’s a breath-taking day, perfect alpine weather, and the mood couldn’t be more festive.
Until suddenly a child disappears on the slope – and this doesn’t fit the picture. It certainly doesn’t fit the storybook direction of the organizers, of the locals, and of the crowd. What happened? An accident? A kidnapping? Abuse? A family drama? A twisted joke? The search begins. But the disappearing boy isn’t the only thing to disturb the party, the politics, and the prominent personalities. On top of it all, a snowstorm descends from the bright sky above and sweeps away all illusions, all lies; it dusts up yesterday’s snowfall and blows in death.

In his rapid-paced new novel, which comes out of the cold and lands in your heart, Albert Ostermaier tells of a race with time and death that threatens, like an avalanche, to bury everything.

A glittering social novel and a perspicacious snapshot of our times, in the snow.

Other publications

Lenz im Libanon/Lenz in Lebanon (2015)

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Arabic world rights (Al Kamel)

Schwarze Sonne scheine/May the Black Sun shine (2011)

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Domestic Rights Sales: German Audiobook (Griot)

Zephyr/Zephyr (2008)

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Italy (Scritturapura)