Dietmar Dath

Unfortunately, I’m Dead - Novel

(German title: Leider bin ich tot)
ca. 461 pages
Dietmar Dath
Foto: Dietmar Dath
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Born in 1970, Dietmar Dath lives in Freiburg and Berlin as a writer and translator.

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Dietmar Dath’s provocative and intriguing novel on religion


Maybe there is a god after all. What if he doesn’t like us?

A German movie director flees from an exhausting love affair. His sister is suspected by the government of being a radical Islamist planning an attack. His best friend from childhood days is a priest fighting the devil. And a woman who knows all three of them, but is more than a mere human, opens the door to the worst thing people could imagine.

Dietmar Dath’s previous great novel, Feldeváye, dealt with the world(s)-changing power of art. His latest novel, Unfortunately, I’m Dead, deals with the world(s)-changing power of religion – with people who are quite certain that there are »more things between heaven and earth than hedonism could dream of, that higher spirits exist, that you, as a human, need the connection to that which sees farther and accomplishes more than you«.

From the book

»Conscience, empathy … you know, that’s for people who are alive. I would like that. But unfortunately, I’m dead.«


»A dashing swansong on the zeitgeist in which metaphysics, political theory and biopolitics are on a crash cours.« Thomas Hummitzsch, Tip Berlin 2/2016

»Dath has truly mastered the art of composing this mix of speculative fiction, phantasy and science-fiction into a great, exciting and thrilling novel.« Florian Schmid, der Freitag

»This book is so intelligent and subtle, so provocative and modest, so undogmatic and reasonable.« Björn Bischoff, nordbayern.de

Other publications

Rosa Luxemburg/Rosa Luxemburg (2010)

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Denmark (Rosenkilde)

Maschinenwinter/Winter of Machines (2008)

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Turkey (Yazilama Yayinevi)

Die Abschaffung der Arten/The Abolition of Species (2008)

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English world rights (Seagull), Serbia (VBZ), Turkey (Is Kültür)

Waffenwetter/Weapon Weather (2007)

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Russia (Text)


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Greece (Melani)