480 pages, Gebunden mit Goldprägungund Lesebändchen
First day of sale: 17.02.2022
A novel, ca. 450 pp., Spring 2022
Seven board game developers take a great journey: an absurd and anarchistic tale about the comfort of play amidst the chaos of the world
A profound reflection on the relationship between life and art – highly comical, fantastical and articulate
“The world in its political, economic and cultural currents is hardly to be seen through anymore, it sweats and roars and can hardly be saved anyway. (...) The laws of society seem to change constantly and to follow chance rather than people's concepts. So then life would be a game and dealing with dice and event card, with game piece and game board would be the perfect reflection of current conditions. Sascha Macht has taken up this motif in his new novel Spyderling. The game becomes a concrete theme as well as an image for the conditions on the whole. An unusual novel, a challenge, and certainly not just average reading.“Jörg Schieke, MDR KULTUR
“Play teaches us about the world”/ " It is in play that we understand the world."
Daytona Sepulveda is a board games developer and is reasonably successful in her field. In developer circles, she is referred to – in awestruck tones – as ‘The One Who Disappeared’, a nickname based on real events in her life: Daytona did actually disappear for a time and suf-fered terrible things, but she tries not to let her trauma get her down. Along with six of the world’s most renowned board game developers, she receives an invitation from Spyderling, the guru of game design who nobody has ever seen face to face. Once a year, Spyderling sends out invites to his vineyard in Moldova, gathering the most creative minds together for a ‘consultation’, in order to ‘help them to understand’. But what exactly they will learn to under-stand remains unclear to Dayona and her colleagues. Soon after their arrival in this most unu-sual of places, puzzling events occur.
Games have been and are played in all cultures and in all periods of history. What is it exactly that prompts people to gather around a board, interact according to specific rules and create new worlds with one another through play? Sascha Macht takes a unique look at this question in his latest novel, creating a fascinating link between the art forms of literature and play. Spyderling sends its heroes on a journey that sees them learn about themselves and the world against a backdrop packed with imagination and wit. An immensely witty, cleverly structured, sensationally enlightening book.
Sascha Macht, was born in 1986 in Frankfurt (Oder) and studied at the German Institute for Literature in Leipzig. He has published works in various anthologies and magazines and was a recipient of the Künstlerhaus Lukas Ahrenshoop scholarship, the LCB Authors’ Workshop scholarship and the German Literature Fund. He was awarded the lit.Cologne Debut Prize for his novel War in the Devil’s Backyard (DuMont 2016). He was also an invited to the comple-tion for the 2016 Ingeborg-Bachmann Prize. Between 2018/2019, he was Writer in Residence for Beeskow. He lives in Leipzig.