192 pages, Gebunden mit Lesebändchen
First day of sale: 19.07.2022
Die Schuhe meines Vaters / My Faher's Shoes
Auto-Fiction, ca. 200 pages
“Andreas Schäfer is a master of subtlety. He shifts and turns until we realise that we’re dealing with something that goes beyond the scope of the novel: right into the heart of life.” WDR 5
A book about farewells, grief, father-son relationships, and the lasting influence they have on our lives and behaviour
How can you let your father go if it is you who has to decide the moment?
Moving, Candid, Poetic, and Sensitive
In early 2018, Andreas Schäfer’s father comes to visit him in Berlin. He has recently learned that the cancer he recovered from long ago has returned, but he has no complaints. He goes to the opera, takes a trip to the sea, sits on his son’s sofa and says, bewilderedly: “There’s something in my head!” But what is it? What is there in the father’s head? He goes back to Frankfurt, where he has lived alone since separating from his Greek mother decades ago. He also goes to the biopsy alone, seemingly determined not to give up his lone wolf-lifestyle until the last possible moment. On the day of the examination, the Chief Neurosurgeon gets in touch and tells Schäfer that his father has suffered a brain haemorrhage: “Your father is going to die,” he says. “He is in an induced coma. You have to decide when to switch off the machine.”
How to cope when the life of one's own father being placed in one's hands? How to say goodbye when you are supposed to decide the timing yourself?
‘Die Schuhe meines Vaters’ is a book about fathers and sons and the unexpected ways of mourning that is as harrowing as it is heartfelt. Sincerely, poetically and sensitively, Andreas Schäfer tells of his own state of shock – but above all he approaches the father, the passionate traveller, the war traumatised, willed to be happy and lost at the same time, and their special, not always easy relationship.
Andreas Schäfer was born into a German-Greek family in Hamburg in1969. He grew up in Frankfurt/Main and now lives in Berlin with his family, working as a writer and journalist. He has published three novels so far, ‘Auf dem Weg nach Messara’, for which he was awarded, amongst others, the Bremen Literature Prize; ‘Wir vier’ (DuMont 2010), which was nominated for the German Book Prize and awarded the Anna-Seghers-Prize; as well as the novels ‘Gesichter’ (2013) and ‘Das Gartenzimmer ‘(2020).