First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ERLEDIGUNGEN VOR DER FEIER/ EVENTS BEFORE THE PARTY
"A How-To book on love, full of exciting complications and provisos". Der Tagespiegel
"An astounding debut. Precise, perceptive and highly amusing (...) an astonishing view into the web of conventions that make it so difficult for lovers to look at their own feelings". Der Spiegel
"Rammstedt is a marvelous storyteller". Frankfurter Rundschau
"Rammstedt transforms the usual in literature into a rhythmic, musical prose that leaves you wanting more." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Events before the Party - a convincing debut. Tilman Rammstedt wonderfully displays the way in which life shows us how not so wonderful it can be. Life with a partner could be so easy, if only we wouldn't keep getting in our own way. Tilman Rammstedt's heroes know all too well what they are doing. Behind every happy moment there lurks the unbearable silence that follows. "When you are going to travel it is important not only to put on shoes and a jacket, it's also crucial that you don't just pace around the room before hand". The narrator has many wishes, but there always seems to be ample reason to not realize them. He is in love with a strange and wonderful woman, but fear of commitment keeps them unattatched. Thus they do things that people can only do as long as they are friends and not lovers, until the night "that we stopped not sleeping with each other". Tilman Rammstedt's characters manage to avoid happiness with the brooding weightlessness of Tucholsky. As great as their passion might be, there are still a lot of obstacles to take care of before the party.
Rights sold to: Canada ( French language: Ed. Les Allusifs)
Tilman Rammstedt was born in 1975 in Bielefeld and lives in Berlin. DuMont published his debut novel “Erledigungen vor der Feier” in 2003 as well as the novel “Wir bleiben in der Nähe” in 2005 and „Der Kaiser von China“ (2008) for which he received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. Tilman Rammstedt has received the amongst others the Open Mike award, the Rheinische Kulturförderpreis, the New York stipend of the Kulturstiftung der Länder, the Kassel Literaturförderpreis for grotesque humour and the Literaturförderpreis of the State of Nordrhein-Westphalia., the Ingeborg Bachmann-Prize and the Annette-von-Droste-Hülshoff-Prize.