Der Koch, der nicht ganz richtig war

Martin Kluger

Der Koch, der nicht ganz richtig war

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147 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-7853-6

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MARTIN KLUGER
DER KOCH DER NICHT GANZ RICHTIG WAR/
THE COOK WHO WASN’T ALL THERE

Stories, approx. 150 pages
Autumn 2006

Love, longing and melancholy are the threads of which Martin Kluger weaves the webs of his high-spirited narrations: A peculiar cook falls hopelessly in love with a nurse, who swims to work every morning. To win her heart, he cooks his heart out. A distant uncle becomes melancholy, “he studied the subject longing, reduced it to its essential part, the addiction, and gambled away everything he could get hold of with his beautiful and slender fingers: annual salary, daily wages, petty cash”.

Between Lithuania, Uruguay and Berlin-Steglitz Martin Kluger creates a brightly beautiful and brightly sad world. His stories are memories, colourful monuments of the twentieth century and the echo of its disasters. We enter a perished era, which is full of fire-breathing women, gynaecologists, hairdressers, and “my people” from eastern Europe. These are wild stories, which contain the chaos of a whole century – each of these wayward figures pull along a train from the past. World covering, panegyrical and rich Martin Kluger’s narrations show their origin: in different countries and languages, while fleeing and in exile. Witty and melancholy Martin Kluger tells his stories in the tone of Chassidic storytellers about a time, which is always stuck between the wars.

Martin Kluger

Martin Kluger wurde 1948 in Berlin geboren und lebt dort. Er studierte Anglistik und Linguistik und arbeitete als Werbetexter und literarischer Übersetzer (u. a. Malcolm Lowry, Donald Barthelme, John Fowles, Iris Murdoch, Aharon Appelfeld). Außerdem schreibt er Drehbücher für Film und Fernsehen. 1998 veröffentlichte er den Roman ›Die Verscheuchte‹, bei DuMont erschienen der Erzählungsband ›Der Koch, der nicht ganz richtig war‹ (2006) sowie seine Romane ›Abwesende Tiere‹ (2002), ›Die Gehilfin‹ (2006) und ›Der Vogel, der spazieren ging‹ (2008). Martin Kluger wurde 2008 mit dem Bremer Literaturpreis und dem Candide-Preis der Stadt Minden ausgezeichnet.