First day of sale: 13.01.2016
John von Düffel
Vom Wasser - From Water
The dramatic story of a paper dynasty is told by a character who is magically drawn back to waters near his home. The storyteller resurrects portraits from a gallery of ancestors before our very eyes. He recalls summer scenes from his youth and imagines how it could have been back when his great grandfather discovered on his estate between the rivers Orpe and Diemel, how water could be transformed into paper and paper into money. Or how the son of a baroque paper magnate saved the firm during the first World War with his sober understanding for numbers. He recalls when the tradition of ascendency of the industrialists' first born was threatened by the next war, and an industrialist who was infatuated with the muses. He recalls a woman who brought about a provisional rescue.
John von Düffel was born in Göttingen in 1966. He currently works as a dramatic advisor for the German Theater Berlin, and is a professor for scenic writing at the University of the Arts Berlin. DuMont published his novels “Vom Wasser” (1998), “Zeit des Verschwindens” (2000), “Ego” (2001), “Houwelandt” (2004), “Beste Jahre” (2007), “Goethe ruft an” (2011), “KL – Gespräch über die Unsterblichkeit” (2015), „Klasssenbuch“ (2017), "Der brennende See" (2020) his collection of stories „Wassererzählungen“ (2014) as well as the essay “Wovon ich schreibe” (2009) and the novella “Hotel Angst” (2010). Among other awards, John von Düffel received the 2006 Nicolas Born Prize.