Cracks in the Wall

Cracks in the Wall

Lars Gustafsson

"We will start afresh. We will not give up." This is the motto of Lars Gustafsson's cycle of novels that paints a panoramic picture of life in the late 1960s: "Herr Gustafsson persönlich, autobiography disguised as novel, a book that hums like an orchestra gearing up. Next, the melancholic Wollsachen, the story of a country school teacher who tries to save a brilliant maths student but loses him to drugs. The prophetic eco-thriller Das Familientreffen in which a high-ranking official loses his job after tracing a bacteriological contamination to its source. Finally, Sigismund, again with Gustafsson as one of the protagonists, and Der Tod eines Bienenzüchters about a teacher's sickness and death from cancer." (Andreas Isenschmid)

In all five novels, the narrator, although appearing under different names, is a man born, like Gustafsson, in 1936. This year, therefore, all of them will turn 70 – a good reason to present these still pertinent "works of hope" in a single volume.

"An astonishing juggler and magician." (Jochen Schimmang, Die Welt)

Cracks in the Wall

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