Zuckerleben

Pyotr Magnus Nedov

Zuckerleben

Roman

368 pages
Erstmals im Taschenbuch
First day of sale: 10.09.2014
ISBN 978-3-8321-6268-9

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ZUCKERLEBEN / THE SWEET LIFE
A Novel
About 350 pages
Spring 2013

The most furious debut of the year:
full of life and dreams


“A literary confection. (…)This is a stylish, original first novel, which cleverly juxtaposes the disintegration of the Soviet Union with the European financial crisis.”
new books in german (spring 2013)

“Nedov embeds the apocalyptic story of the Soviet Union in a fast-paced and funny road movie plot with a clever sense for ludicrous situations…, a picaresque novel and adventure story full of grotesque ideas that sensitively and profoundly places personal precarious relationships into a larger context.” – Kölner Stadtanzeiger

A wild voyage leading from the disintegration of the Soviet Union to the European fiscal crisis

2011: The Moldavian Tolyan Andreewitsch is travelling in war-torn Italy. Searching for his Georgian tea tin, his Ford Transit nearly runs over a young couple that wants to commit suicide together. They now travel on as a threesome. The two teenagers have just lost their jobs at the sugar factory in Termoli. The Moldavian tells them the story of his youth, and in doing so tries to give them the courage to live on.
1991: The Soviet Union is falling apart and in the industrial Northern Moldavian city of Donduseni the young speculator Pitirim Tutunaru decides to fulfil his dream of a carefree life in Italy. To do so, he searches and finds the 40 tons of sugar owned by the missing sugar factory director Hlebnik, distils it into snaps with the assistance of the pensioner Ilytsch and prepares his departure with the profits.

“Better an honourable end than scraping for food in the trash. Thirty years of hard work, and it’s all for nothing. You can kiss my ass, Pippo.”

Pyotr Magnus Nedov was born in the Soviet Union in 1982 and lives in Cologne. He grew up in Moldavia, Rumania and Austria. He studied Celtic culture, French literature and Film in Paris, Moscow, Montreal, Vienna and Cologne. He has a PhD in film studies and worked last as an archaeologist in the excavation site around the city hall square in Cologne.

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Pyotr Magnus Nedov

Pyotr Magnus Nedov was born in the Soviet Union in 1982 and lives in Cologne. He grew up in Moldavia, Rumania and Austria. He studied Celtic culture, French literature and Film in Paris, Moscow, Montreal, Vienna and Cologne. He has a PhD in film studies and worked last as an archaeologist in the excavation site around the city hall square in Cologne.