Marius Goldhorn

Park - Novel

(German title: Park)
ca. 140 pages
Marius Goldhorn
Foto: Marius Goldhorn
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Marius Goldhorn, born in Koblenz in 1991, studied History and Literary Studies in Berlin and Hildesheim. He is the author of prose, essays and poetry. Park is his debut novel.

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»They saw systems fall. They went to the park.«

A bold, straightforward contemporary novel

Full of irony, subtle wit and quiet melancholy

»When making any kind of decision, one shouldn’t hesitate for more than seven breaths. Which is probably nonsense. Hesitating is also good.«


Arnold, in his mid-twenties, travels from Berlin to Athens. During a stopover in Paris, he walks through the city, orders food, noted down poems, changes the wallpaper on his screen, and waits for Odile to text him.

And as the world around him keeps plunging further and further into crisis, due to climate change, terrorism, social injustice, he wonders what the news stories about that have to do with him. How dangerous is all of this really? And why does he feel so safe despite the violence and the threats? Even when he gets mixed up in a scuffle during a demonstration in Athens and the situation escalates – and even when power supplies cut out and he is trapped in a pitch-black hotel.

Park discusses the surface of our present. The novel shows us the omnipresence of catastrophes and unrests, along with the subjective defencelessness of a generation to whom the virtual is just as close as reality and that feels, for this very reason, all the more powerfully that there must be something more.