Der böse Mensch

Lorenz Just

Der böse Mensch

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150 pages

First day of sale: 22.02.2018
ISBN 978-3-8321-9879-4

LORENZ JUST
DER BÖSE MENSCH/ EVIL PEOPLE
Stories, ca. 150 pages

A bold game using fiction, authentic material and literary role models
Stories that delicately communicate amongst each other and prevail unpredictably

A Warlord in the Bath

What is evil? Does it even exist? Is the term out-dated, dissolved by subtle differentiation, or is it regaining relevance given our speechlessness toward so many things nowadays? Lorenz Just sets out to find answers in his stories. He gets close to people, their biographies, their surroundings – stories, spaces, people who are all somehow contaminated with what we call ‘evil’. Who have burdened themselves with guilt or who make themselves guilty by doing what they do, thinking what they think, saying what they say. The figures range from a man who ruminates about his life in the bath and who turns out to be a former warlord, to the nice elderly library visitors who suddenly reveal unexpected abysses.
Just makes visible, without judging – and evokes evil as a mighty as well as ambivalent category. ‘The Evil Human’ is also a book about the presence of memory, the afterlife of past atrocities in all of us – and about different strategies for living with something that can receive no absolution.
Lorenz Just is an impressively strong, unique new voice.

Lorenz Just

Lorenz Just, geboren 1983, studierte Islamwissenschaft in Halle an der Saale. Während seines Studiums verbrachte er längere Zeit in Ägypten sowie im Libanon am Orient-Institut in Beirut, er bereiste den Jemen, Syrien und den Iran. Von 2011 bis 2015 war er Student am Deutschen Literaturinstitut in Leipzig, 2014 Finalist beim MDR-Literaturwettbewerb. 2015 erschien sein Jugendbuch ›Mohammed. Das unbekannte Leben des Propheten‹ (Gabriel Verlag). ›Der böse Mensch‹ ist sein literarisches Debüt. Er lebt in Hannover.