Leselounge: Franz Schuh im Gespräch mit Günter Kaindlstorfer
Life is a hetz, as they say in Vienna,–whether you’re on the giving or the receiving end. Franz Schuh’s novel is a wonderful portrait of the protagonist as beaten dog, albeit a beaten dog who’s anything but unhappy.
»Let me tell you a story: I want to tell you about the day I met Lili – who of course has long since left me.« Franz Schuh’s eponymous narrator is an artist in his mid sixties living on the breadline, forced to supplement his income by taking a job as a breakfast cook at Café Formanek. When he rushes out of the house one morning, late for work at the café, he finds himself stuck in a large crowd, surrounded by police cars and sirens. A television crew is filming a new episode of Tatort. Young film student Lili Fichte rescues him from the situation and the two of them forge a friendship — although the narrator would like it to be more.
Franz Schuh’s novel is a sublime snapshot of our extremely volatile modern world.