A Brotherhood of Trust

A Brotherhood of Trust

Jürg Acklin

Felix has been confined to a wheelchair since childhood; dependant on the assistance of his novelist brother, he occasionally types up his manuscripts as a favour. But his brother's latest novel has disturbing parallels with their real lives – and, from what Felix has read, seems to be leading to a disastrous conclusion. Jürg Acklin, the most idiosyncratic writer on the contemporary Swiss literary scene, shows what can happen when the imagination runs riot.

In spite of his physical handicap, 50-year-old Felix leads a comfortable enough existence with his novelist brother, his young sister-in-law, Sonja, and their little boy, Daniel. Recently, though, Felix is sure he can hear ever more heated arguments coming from the room next door. To make matters worse, the latest manuscript his brother has given him to type up is full of details that are disturbingly similar to their real lives. Ever since he lost his wife to a fanatical Christian sect, the central character of his brother's new book has lived in a fantasy world, developing an obsession with kidnapping, murder, and saving his son from the clutches of the sect. As the novel's hero, who seems to have an awful lot in common with his brother, grows increasingly aggressive, Felix in turn becomes more and more uncomfortable – but his brother simply laughs off his unease. However, when the fictional protagonist eventually arms himself with the pistol his brother inherited from their father, Felix decides the time has come to take action.

A Brotherhood of Trust

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