Dog, Jackal, Wolf
- date of publication: 22.08.2022
- 288 Pages
- Hanser Berlin
- ISBN 978-3-446-27378-8
- Deutschland: 24,00 €
- Österreich: 24,70 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-27548-5
- E-Book Deutschland: 17,99 €
“I will describe a hard world and in doing so, look for its tenderness.”
After his mother is executed in the throes of the Iranian revolution, eleven-year-old Saam and his younger brother flee with their father to Germany. Feeling doubly foreign in Arabic-dominated Neukölln, the father ekes out a living as a taxi driver, plays backgammon and sinks into shame while Saam takes on the role of head of the family. Using everything at his disposal, he fights to earn the respect of the brutal street gangs to protect his brother Nima. But one day, he goes too far. In his spectacular debut in his own, very unique voice, Behzad Karim Khani writes about the complicated fate of revolutionaries, small-time dealers and knifings. He blends the melancholy of Iranian prose with the toughness of Afro-American rap.
"A dazzlingly dramatic, brutal novel, which is at the same time butterfly-beautiful in its fragility."
"A dark coming-of-age novel with a wicked ending, the sort that leaves you both disturbed and impressed at the same time."
"From the very first sentence the text pulls you in, and there's no going back… 'Hund, Wolf, Schakal' is by far the best book of the year. Thank you!"
"With its tumultuous, gripping story and electrifying, vivid language, this debut is a powerful work of literature."
Jury of the Harbour Front Literature Festival Debut Prize
"A resonating, imaginatively drawn novel, the scope of which extends far beyond mere plot."
"With the picture that Behzad Karim Khani paints of the 90s, he breaks genre boundries…the book functions as a good rap song and leaves behind a strong feeling of diffuse intensity."
"Sentences you'd want to frame…simply a great work of literature"
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung
“Ten times better than any episode of 4 Blocks.”
“At last, a writer who doesn’t just have a story to tell but knows how to tell it. There hasn’t been a German novel as exciting as this for a long time.”