Another Year at the Lakeside
In his short stories, Silvio Huonder reveals his narrative and dramaturgical skills, as well as his flair for surprising plots. In this collection of his best stories, daily life turns dangerous as it is disrupted by inexplicable happenings.
"Tobi", which received the MDR Literature Award in 2005, tells of a child who sees his mother run naked onto the street in a manic-depressive fit. Racked with shame and helplessness, Tobi follows her and tries unsuccessfully to protect her. In "Quiet Days in Austria", a boy is cheated out of a winning lottery ticket by the shop owner. When the boy's appeals to give the ticket back prove in vain and the man even mocks him, the boy resorts to drastic means. In "Feierabend" a taxi driver is harassed by a passenger – and finally forced to keep him from committing suicide.
Huonder's stories are moving and concise, presenting human relationships up close and in an eerily unfamiliar light.
"Silvio Huonder tells his stories with great ease and accuracy, and with a sure hand for surprising cuts." (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)