DIE LETZTEN SCHÖNEN TAGE/
THE LAST BEAUTIFUL DAYS
About 200 pages
“This novel shows Helmut Krausser at his best – close at our time, its questions and language-” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
A comedy of errors of Shakespearean proportions.
Serge Klossowski is 33-years-old and a copywriter for a prestigious agency in Berlin. He is highly intelligent – with a dash of diabolical fire. His greatest wish is to finally marry his girlfriend Kati. But she is reluctant.
Serge is waiting one night for the last metro to Neukölln when he sees a one cent coin lying on the tracks. He immediately recognises that it is his lucky charm that will bring about a change in his life. But should he jump down to get it? What would the people think? And if he waits until the train has past, he would have to pay for a taxi because of his superstitious idea. Reason wins over in the end.
What Serge does not know is that Kati is having an affair with David, his colleague from work. But he does have a hunch. He has a nervous breakdown while presenting an ad campaign. Kati remains with him and breaks up with David. She books a flight to Malta for herself and Serge.
They stay at the home of Greta and Ralf who work for an online poker server. It’s a dangerous business; one night two gangsters looking for Greta and Ralf pay Serge and Kati an unpleasant visit. When Greta and Ralf find out about, they simply disappear.
Even in Malta, Serge has a fit of jealousy. Kati’s attempts to discover the fate of Greta and Ralf make him suspicious. He figures out the password to Kati’s e-mail account and finds out about David. He takes up the contact with David in her place. While Serge slowly goes mad, he starts a lively correspondence with David using Kati’s name. Only at the end does the reader discover Serge’s terrible secret.
The frantic changes of perspective and the many snares of a three-way relationship make Helmut Krausser’s new novel a comedy of errors of Shakespearean proportions.
Helmut Krausser, born in 1964, lives in Berlin. Aside from the volume of poetry Plasma (2007), DuMont has also published the novels Eros (2006) and Die kleinen Gärten des Maestro Puccini (2008) and Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid (2009). His novels Der große Bagarozy and Fette Welt have been filmed.
Rights to previous books sold to: De Geus (Dutch ), Europa Editions (English World), Payot et Rivages (French), Indiktos (Greek), Edizione E/O (Italian), Barbera (Italian), SUDA (Korean)
Helmut Krausser, geboren 1964, lebt in Berlin. Bei DuMont erschienen neben dem Gedichtband ›Plasma‹ (2007) die Romane ›Eros‹ (2006), ›Die kleinen Gärten des Maestro Puccini‹ (2008), ›Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid‹ (2009) ›Die letzten schönen Tage‹ (2011) und ›NIcht ganz schlechte Menschen‹ (2012) sowie die Tagebücher ›Substanz‹ (2010) und ›Deutschlandreisen‹ (2014) und der Kriminalroman ›Aussortiert‹ (DuMont Taschenbuch 2011). Seine Romane ›Der große Bagarozy‹ und ›Fette Welt‹ wurden fürs Kino verfilmt.