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Christoph Hein

Settlement - Novel

(German title: Landnahme)
ca. 360 pages
Clothbound
2004
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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About

Bernhard Haber is only ten years old when, in 1950, he moves with his parents from Wroclaw in Poland to a small town in Saxony – where the local inhabitants would prefer to see refugees and displaced persons keep moving. Although the town is in need of craftsmen, and Bernhard's father is a cabinet maker, the town residents make a deliberate point of not ordering their furniture from this outsider.

The boy hardly fares better at school, is forced to knuckle down and repeatedly suffers setbacks - and yet he swiftly realizes that this is the only path he can take. Nevertheless, Bernhard Haber comes lucky with the people in his life: with his wife Friederike, who adores him, with his sister-in-law Katharina, who teaches him what love means, with Sigurd, the owner of the local sawmill, who makes certain that as a master cabinet maker Bernhard is accepted as a member of the bowling club where the self-employed regularly meet in order to be able to duly influence on communal politics prior to 1989 and most certainly in the wild years thereafter.

Christoph Hein tells the story of Bernhard Haber's life over almost 50 years from the viewpoint and voices of the five companions. It is the life-story of an outsider in the provinces who ostensibly has nothing to do with the scheme of things and yet reflects in exemplary fashion the course of life from the post-War years to the turn of the millennium.

Praise

»Settlement, the new novel by Christoph Hein, has all the hallmarks of a classic. It’s topical, as perfectly wrought as the golden ratio, and above all it approaches the dimensions of a Greek tragedy.« FR

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Guldenberg/Guldenberg (2021)

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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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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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Der Tangospieler/The Tango Player (1989)

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