First day of sale: 13.01.2016
WIR BLEIBEN IN DER NÄHE / WE KEEP CLOSE
„You always want to quote Rammstedt.“
„Tilman Rammstedt’s sentences often come along very simple. When they are funny, they remind me of Peter Bichsel, when they are serious they remind me of the best of Thomas Bernhard ... but you always find his very own tone.“
Felix, Konrad and Katharina have been friends. But they lost sight of each other as with the years unintentionally you lose sight of many things. You are more and more unsure whether the life you live is really the one you have chosen.
Then Felix and Konrad receive a letter: Katharina invites them to her wedding. She gets married to someone called Tobias, of whom none of the two has ever heard before. Now it comes to the crunch: They set off hastily to protect Katharina from losing her way in a life, which is possibly not her own. And, if possible, they hope to save themselves, too. In a strange pursuit they lie in wait for Katharina, kidnap her and bring her to a house at the sea.
After a few days Katharina sees everything clearly. She is fed up with the game and gives them an ultimatum. In a sleepless night Felix has to find the goal, which is worth a new start.
„Der Spiegel“ praises Tilman Rammstedt as a „precise, shrewd and highly entertaining“ narrator. With this mixture of precision and wit his novel asks very simple questions: What is the problem with life? Which decisions do we have to make? – And what happens if despite all doubts you try out the desires of your life?
Rights sold to: Italy (Del Vecchio), Spanish (South America: Eterna Cadencia)
Tilman Rammstedt was born in 1975 in Bielefeld and lives in Berlin. DuMont published his debut novel “Erledigungen vor der Feier” in 2003 as well as the novel “Wir bleiben in der Nähe” in 2005 and „Der Kaiser von China“ (2008) for which he received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Tilman Rammstedt has received the amongst others the Open Mike award, the Rheinische Kulturförderpreis, the New York stipend of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Kassel Literaturförderpreis for grotesque humour and the Literaturförderpreis of the State of Nordrhein-Westphalia., the Ingeborg Bachmann-Prize and the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Prize.