First day of sale: 13.01.2016
EIN HINREISSENDER SCHROTTHÄNDLER /
A CAPTIVATING JUNK MAN
A Novel, 237 pp.
“Wise and at the same time so funny that one is laughing tears.” – Süddeutsche Zeitung
“Stadler’s prose is full of comedy and dead-pan jokes with a doubting tone akin to Thomas Bernhard, where love of the world and a disgust for it are chlinched in constant battle. Like no other writer of his generation Stadler has understood how to rehabilitate desire as an existential feeling of life.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
A ravishing visitor stands at the door: a young man in Adidas running pants named Adrian. At this point, the early-retired history teacher, a »graduate dreamer«, and his wife Gabi, the Hanseatic hand surgeon realize it is too late to start over as Adam and Eve.
»Do you love me?«
»I knew it, before you asked«
The story of a marriage told in the humorous satirical »Stadler tone«. Is Gabi in love with the junk man Adrian and not with him? Has he perhaps fallen out of love with her but in love with the junk man too? »A sandwich style marriage?«
It all comes alive again with a return to the scene of their wedding night: the royally blond Rosemarie who was his first love, and the desire of an almost forgotten childhood in the upper Swabian hometown in the boondocks.
»I, however, was going mad because of this story, even if only temporarily«.
»My wife and I; we've lived together for twenty-five years, we're a story, that I only know the half of«.
Arnold Stadler was born in Messkirch, Germany in 1954 and grew up on a farm in the neighboring village of Rast. He was awarded several literary prizes, most important in 1999 the Georg-Büchner-Prize. To date some of his published works include the poetry collection Kein Herz und keine Seele. Man muss es singen können (No Heart and no Soul. One Has to Be Able to Sing It) 1986, the novels Ich war einmal (I Was Once) 1989, Feuerland (Fireland) 1992, Mein Hund,meine Sau und mein Leben (My Dog, My Sow, My Life) 1994, Der Tod und ich, wir zwei (Death and I, We Two) 1996, the novel Ein hinreissender Schrotthändler (Junk Man) 2000, Sehnsucht (Longing) 2003, the speech Erbarmen mit dem Seziermesser (Pity with a Scalpel), the anthology Tohuwabohu (both 2002) and on Adalbert Stifter Mein Stifter, 2005.
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Arnold Stadler was born in Messkirch, Germany in 1954 and grew up on a farm in the neighboring village of Rast. He studied Catholic theology in Munich and Rome, then German philology in Freiburg and Cologne. Since 1995 he has spent most of his time in Rast. he has received several litarray awards, among others: Jürgen Ponto Foundation Advancement Grant, the Hermann Hesse Advancement Grant, Nicolas Born Prize, Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize,Georg Büchner Prize and Kleist Prize. To date some of his published works include the poetry collection "Kein Herz und keine Seele. Man muss es singen können" ("No Heart and no Soul. One Has to Be Able to Sing It.") 1986, the novels "Ich war einmal" ("I Was Once.") 1989, "Feurland" ("Fireland") 1992, "Mein Hund, meine Sau und mein Leben" ("My Dog, My Sow, My Life") 1994, "Der Tod und ich, wir zwei" ("Death and I, We Two") 1996, the novel "Ein hinreissender Schrotthändler" ("The Charming Scrap Dealer") 2000, the speech "Erbarmen mit dem Seziermesser" ("Pity with a Scalpel") and the anthology "Tohuwabohu" (both 2002) and on Adalbert Stifter "Mein Stifter" (2005).