Das kalte Jahr

Roman Ehrlich

Das kalte Jahr


252 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-9725-4


A novel
about 240 pages
Autumn 2013

Robert-Walser-Prize 2014
Förderpreis zum Bremer Literaturpreis 2014
(Promotion prize to the Bremer Literature Prize 2014)

“The tone of this novel is austerely poetic and elegant.” - Kulturspiegel

“Roman Ehrlich’s brilliant debut novel... Unpretentious and simply literature: language, world plan, crisis situations transformed into text.” - Tagesspiegel/ Zeit online

“You should absolutely not trust this book. But you should absolutely read it. Dress warmly.”
Kölner Stadtanzeiger

“Roman Ehrlich travels in his clever, post-apocalyptic debut novel to the ground zero of literature … it has been a long time since contemporary literature has resisted the demand for such a realistic and varied, unglossed, true-to-life novel ... the freer this curious, brilliant book mixes up its material, the freer it can be read... a joy for all readers... Be sure to read it all…” - Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Roman Ehrlich’s debut novel “Das kalte Jahr” plays carefully conceived tricks on us ... It is hard to imag-ine that the theme of loss of handiwork abilities in a digitalised world can be broached in a more original manner.” - Frankfurter Rundschau

“A literary nightshade, dark, shimmering and mysterious. Its author is a highly-talented illusionist.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Dreamlike, clever and full of poetry: the debut of Roman Ehrlich

The land is covered with snow. A young man wanders down a highway equipped with little more than a thermos bottle of hot water. Lonely fields, cesspools, service areas and windowless furniture stores make up the stations of his path. His destination is a village by the sea, at the edge of a former military area where his parent’s home stands. Tired and exhausted, he discovers upon his arrival that his parents have vanished. A mysterious boy opens the door for him. Silent and stubborn, the boy withdraws mostly to the children’s room where he works on a puzzling project. The two gradually open up to each other. They have stories in common. Historical stories dealing with emigration and natural disasters. But also stories retold from television, about which the boy is enthusiastic. – In the end, a house is on fire in the middle of the icy landscape and much more than the colour of the fire is reflected in the eyes of the village’s inhabitants.

Roman Ehrlich has written a novel about human loneliness. He weaves the past and present into a poetic masterpiece with enigmatic brutality. It is a debut that will leave nobody cold, an urgent novel on human loneliness.
A world full of stories, timeless and intoxicating.

English sample translation available!

Roman Ehrlich

Roman Ehrlich, geboren 1983 in Aichach, aufgewachsen in Neuburg an der Donau, studierte am Deutschen Literaturinstitut Leipzig und an der Freien Universität Berlin. Er war Stipendiat der Werkstatttage des Wiener Burgtheaters, nominiert für den open mike und Teilnehmer der Autorenwerkstatt Prosa am LCB. Für seinen Debütroman ›Das kalte Jahr‹ (DuMont 2013) erhielt er den Automatische-Literaturkritik-Preis der Riesenmaschine, den Förderpreis zum Bremer Literaturpreis sowie den Robert-Walser-Preis.