Everything never works

Everything never works

Martin Amanshauser

All this effort to fly around in space, the attempts to reach infinity, but all ridiculously close to the original planet.

The year is 2020. Jenny Li, a Chinese-Canadian nuclear physicist and ex-model, has been orbiting earth in the Magna Station for a month. She is on a marketing mission. With the aid of an extendable foil reflector, company logos will be projected onto the night sky above Europe and North America.

The highlight of the trip is to be a visit by Rogan, who is a doctor, Olympic champion and Jenny's father's idea of a perfect son-in-law. Suddenly a red light flashes: the disused Soviet satellite CCCP is heading straight for the space station and threatens to destroy it. Jenny Li's husband, the former MIR cosmonaut Viehböck, is the only specialist still knowledgeable about Soviet satellite technology. Magna's boss, Stronach, who at 88 is still a man capable of making quick decisions, takes an unusual step. He sends Viehböck up to the space station for Operation Bypass.

In Martin Amanshauser's thrilling satire the satellite is not the only thing thrown off course. This fairy tale in space is full of technical and human shortcomings in a universe of heated jealousy.USA/UK (Random House USA), France (Bourgois), Spain (Circulo de Lectores), Israel (Kinneret), Italy (Fazi), Czech Republic (Barrister)

Everything never works

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