First day of sale: 13.01.2016
Eine Liebe am Tiber - A Love at the Tiber
"A Love at the Tiber" is a tragic-comical family- and love story. The novel tells of a German longing taking grotesque dimensions, the longing for Italy, for the turbulent city at the Tiber in the late sixties.
Ludwig Wieland, a former transport glider pilot of the Wehrmacht, arrives in Rome with his wife Elinor and his two children Lisa and Sebastian to take on his teaching position at the German school in Rome. He cannot get rid of the persistent rumour of being a Mussolini-liberator. In politics he is not interested at all. Being a true “Bildungsbürger” he writes sonnets and collects antique potsherds. With his inordinate passion for antique objects he step by step ruins his existence – and looses his wife, called “Feelein” (“little fairy”). His wife lives a dramatic love in the middle of Rome’s colourful bohème and between the anarchic student Luca and the cynical nobleman Frangipane. A Love at the Tiber tells from the point of view of the adolescent son Sebastian in fellinesque pictures and scenes of the changes and hopes in a strangely distant time – Sebastian, who discovers first secret love behind the wooden cellar partition with the neighbour’s daughter Lili Sassolino.
A quarter of a century later this son will learn the dreadful truth about his parent’s years at the Tiber. He will learn to understand and to forgive: “Yes, I believe that my life only now begins.”
Jan Koneffke was born in Darmstadt in 1960. He studied philosophy and German literature in Berlin and spent seven years in Rome after receiving a Villa Massimo grant. He now lives as a writer and journalist in Vienna and Bucharest. He has been awarded the Leonce and Lena Prize for Poetry, the Friedrich Hölderlin Advancement Prize and the Offenbach Prize for Literature, among others. DuMont published his poetry volume “Was rauchte ich Schwaden zum Mond” (2001), “Abschiedsnovelle” (2006) as well as the novels “Paul Schatz im Uhrenkasten” (2000), “Eine Liebe am Tiber” (2004), “Eine nie vergessene Geschichte” (2008) and "Die sieben Leben des Felix Kannmacher" (2011).