Ego

John von Düffel

Ego

281 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-5814-9

JOHN VON DÜFFEL - EGO
A novel
240 pages

“Of course one has to be athletic. Anyone who wants to be taken seriously today absolutely has to be athletic, whether he is working in the computer industry or as a manager in a supermarket. It is imperative to be athletic.”

Every morning he stands before the mirror and checks the hollow in which his navel lies. Every evening he moulds his powerful muscles in the health club. He is heading for the “Alpha anatomy”.
Otherwise Philipp’s business life moves between dieting and non-stop flirting, between the triceps and holiday trips. He plays body and career, women and success off against each other with mastery. Nothing is more important to this solo performer than effect.
But behind the self-glorification and the display Philipp the business consultant is a driven man. He is disturbed by the desire for children shown by Isabell, his long-time fiancée and mentor, as much as by a colleague who is rivalling him for promotion to junior partner. A certain Mr. Weinheimer is following him.
The victorious progress of this modern career athlete through the Olympics of life becomes a hunt.


Previous books sold to:
Italy (Mondadori), Finland (Otava), Spain (Planeta), Taiwan (New Sprouts)

John von Düffel

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.