Beneath Drachenwand Mountain
- date of publication: 10.01.2018
- 480 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-25812-9
- Deutschland: 26,00 €
- Österreich: 26,80 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-25938-6
- E-Book Deutschland: 12,99 €
Mondsee, Austria, 1944
Life and love in the shadow of history
Veit Kolbe spends a few months by Lake Mondsee at the foot of the Drachenwand mountain in Austria where he meets two young women. But Veit, who was wounded in Russia, is a soldier on leave. What he shares with Margot and Margarete is the hope that someday their lives will start over.
Beneath Drachenwand Mountain is a novel about 1944. The war has been lost, but how far off is peace? Arno Geiger recounts Veit’s nightmares and the disturbing normality of a village; of the “Brazilian”, who dreams of Rio de Janeiro and talks himself into an early grave; of the landlady and her morale-boosting slogans; of Margarete, with whom Veit falls in love but who is not interested in him in the slightest; and of Oskar Meyer’s struggle for survival. In the adjoining room lives Margot, the “woman from Darmstadt”, and her baby. But once Veit’s injuries have healed, a new draft order arrives for him. An outstanding novel about individuals and the power of history, about the dead, the survivors and love during a dark period.
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