First day of sale: 13.01.2016
EINE NIE VERGESSENE GESCHICHTE – AN UNFORGOTTEN STORY
Novel, about 320 pages
“A refreshingly written novel… Koneffke understands how to awaken his figures to life in this overflowing and lovingly written family score. The charming portrait by a member of a later generation who finds the old good-for-nothing character in the “hidden away uncle” and subtly tells great stories in his wake.”
“… the sovereign gesture with sentences in which every word has its place, nostalgic phrases that by no means sound fussy, but whose authenticity shines like jewels in a wonderfully perfect text. The author seems to have the entire spectrum of language at his disposal… Koneffke’s stylistic brilliance manifests itself completely in the fact that all of this seems to have been accomplished with a flick of the wrist – a really pleasurable read. (...) Great and greatest narrative art.” FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
“An imposing twentieth-century family saga totally defined by the trauma of denial.” FOCUS
“Although Jan Koneffke takes risks on incalculable historical fields, he is a story teller with temperament of language and critically nuanced sensitivity. His prose breathes an aromatic abundance of life.” LITERATUREN
“A very personal kind of family history, climatically tight and with a joy in story telling as well as a succulently described cast of characters.” KÖLNER STADTANZEIGER
The ill-fated story of a Pomeranian family between the German Empire and the post-war era.
Felix Kannmacher grows up in Freiwalde, a little town on the Baltic Sea halfway between the present-day cities of Gdansk and Szczecin. His father earns a living as a stoic schoolmaster, his mother, on the other hand, is hysterical. Young Felix does not have it easy between these two poles. But music has been his only enthusiasm in life any way every since it had been prophesised that he would have a future as a concert pianist.
The piano grew silent when Felix’ mother removed the strings in 1914 and took them to the collecting point as raw material for the war effort. Felix lost his heart to Emilie, the pharmacist’s daughter. But his older brother also cast an eye on her; only Emilie’s obstinate sister Alma remained for Felix. Shortly before the double wedding he took to his heels...
“Eine nie vergessene Geschichte” is an epoch novel spanning the period from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War Two. Jan Koneffke records the picture of a long-passed age full of vivid characters complete with all their shady sides. And as the stagecoach driver Weidemann frequently said: “Things always get worse than they already are.”
Polish sample translation available!
Jan Koneffke was born in Darmstadt in 1960. He studied philosophy and German philology in Berlin and spent several years in Rome after his Villa Massimo stipend (1995). He now lives as an author and publicist in Vienna und Bucharest. He has published the novella Vor der Premiere, the novel Bergers Fall in addition to the volume of poetry Gelbes Dienstrad wie es hoch durch die Luft schoß and prose miniatures from a Balkan journey under the title Gulliver in Bulgarien. Among other prizes, he has received the Leonce und Lena Preis for lyric poetry and the Friedrich Hölderlin Förderpreis. Jan Koneffke’s most recent works include the children’s book Schlittenfahrt (2004) with illustrations by Jacky Gleich, the spine-chiller Nick mit den stechenden Augen (2004) and, at DuMont, the poetry volume Was rauchte ich Schwaden zum Mond (2001) as well as the novels Paul Schatz im Uhrenkasten (2000), Eine Liebe am Tiber (2004), and Abschiedsnovelle (2006).
Jan Koneffke wurde 1960 in Darmstadt geboren. Er studierte Philosophie und Germanistik in Berlin und verbrachte nach einem Villa-Massimo-Stipendium sieben Jahre in Rom. Heute lebt er als Schriftsteller, Publizist und Übersetzer in Wien und Bukarest. Er erhielt unter anderem den Leonce-und-Lena-Preis für Lyrik, den Friedrich-Hölderlin-Förderpreis und den Offenbacher Literaturpreis. Bei DuMont erschienen der Gedichtband ›Was rauchte ich Schwaden zum Mond‹ (2001) und die ›Abschiedsnovelle‹ (2006) sowie die Romane ›Paul Schatz im Uhrenkasten" (2000), ›Eine Liebe am Tiber‹ (2004), und ›Eine nie vergessene Geschichte‹ (2008). Ebenfalls 2008 erschien sein Jugendroman ›Die Sache mit Zwille‹. 2011 erschien der Roman ›Die sieben Leben des Felix Kannmacher‹. Weitere Veröffentlichungen: Vor der Premiere. Erzählung (1988) Gelbes Dienstrad. Gedichte (1989) Bergers Fall. Roman (1991) Gulliver in Bulgarien. Prosaminiaturen (1999) Nick mit den stechenden Augen. Gruselgeschichte für Kinder (2004) Die Schlittenfahrt (Mit Bildern von Jacky Gleich, 2005)