Norbert Gstrein

Publisher: Suhrkamp


Norbert Gstrein’s narrative is the chronicle of a catastrophe in the making, laid out by the protagonist’s mother and two brothers as they wait in the kitchen of a village inn for him to be picked up. Someone has perished, and their explanations sound like attempts to stop time so that what has already happened could be undone. While they keep making new attempts to tell of a life that resists being told, the reader’s view opens up to the devastation wrecked by tourism on a small Tyrolean community and to a society in which greed for profits has eroded all human relationships.

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