Melinda Nadj Abonji

Publisher: Suhrkamp


Zoltán Kertész, the blue-eyed son of a “half-Gypsy” and a day labourer mother who has several affairs, is the outsider in a small village in Serbia. When the war breaks out in 1991, his parents see in it a chance for their son: In the army, their useless idiot son is supposed to finally become a man and hero. But Zoltán does not fit in, he asks the wrong questions, and even worse, stammers while posing them. When his one and only friend drops dead during a senseless training session, he decides to fully break with everything, especially the assumption, that power only belongs to the strongest.

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