First day of sale: 21.08.2009
EINSAMKEIT UND SEX UND MITLEID/
SOLITUDE AND SEX AND PITY
Fast, scurrile and wicked – one of the most distinctive voices of contemporary German literature.
“The funniest German book of this year”
Daniel Kehlmann, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
„With this black-humoured, yet ingenious, witty pulp fiction Helmut Krausser is totally in his element. Helmut Krausser, the master of little dirty stories is back.“ – Die Welt
“A marvellous novel of episodes. Helmut Krausser accomplished something special: a kind of chorus, like once Jack Kerouac created with his classic “On the Road”, which variety of voices in the end condense to a love song – at times cheerful, at times sad and not rarely full of yearning.” – Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Berlin – In the web of the city
Vincent is a callboy, but Christmas he sits alone in the bar. When it closes, he goes home and draws himself a bath. When he gets in, he is surprised by a woman burglar. The two becomes friends.
Helmut Krausser’s most recent novel unites what does not belong together: The most diverse types of people roam Berlin, meet each other, and get close – always in the pursuit of happiness. Helmut Krausser links their stories into a web from which there is no escape.
A child is kidnapped, a midnight wedding is improvised, a coup de grâce is bought, the Prophet Isaiah preaches on Kreuzberg – and everything is linked to each other in an unimagined fashion. “Solitude and Sex and Pity” pulls out all the stops of the apparent coincidence and mixes melo-drama, irony, suspense and laconism to form a bizarre panorama, an overpowering kaleidoscope of life.
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, born in 1964, lives in Berlin. His novels "Eros" (2006), "Die kleinen Gärten des Maestro Puccini" (2008), "Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid" (2009), "Die letzten schönen Tage" (2011), "Aussortiert" (2011) and "Nicht ganz schlechte Menschen" (2012) as well as his collection of poems "Plasma" (2007) and "Verstand und Kürzungen" (2014), his diaries "Substanz" (2010) and "Deutschlandreisen" (2014) have been published by DuMont. His novels "Der große Bagarozy", "Fette Welt" and "Einsamkeit und Sex und Mitleid" were adapted for cinema.