Czech Republic (Host), Italy (Feltrinelli), Poland (Sonia Draga), Russia (Eksmo), Spain (Alfaguara), Vietnam (V-Point/Phu nu)
A novel in which a benefactor plays the role usually reserved for a perpetrator: Who is behind the mysterious series of donations and what does it have to do with world-weary, seasoned loser Gerold Plassek?
Gerold Plassek is a journalist working for the giveaway newspaper »Day by Day«. He runs the paper’s Social Issues section but he has no sense of dedication to his job and no interest in his writing. Gerold lacks even the slightest hint of incentive. His pub is his living room and alcohol his most reliable friend. When Alice, a former girlfriend, asks Gerold to take care of her 14-year-old son Manuel for a couple of months while she works abroad, Gerold is anything but thrilled, but he can’t refuse when Alice confides in him that Manuel is his son. Manuel – who has no idea that this deadbeat is in fact responsible for his existence – now spends his afternoons in Gerold’s office watching his father busily doing nothing.
But suddenly there’s some activity in Gerold’s life: After he writes a brief article about an overcrowded homeless shelter, the hostel receives an anonymous donation. This marks the start of a series of good deeds through which Gerold attracts more and more public attention, since each donation somehow seems to be related to one of Gerold’s articles. Slowly Gerold also begins to win Manuel’s affection.
Gerold and Manuel are gradually getting closer, united by their endeavour to discover who the anonymous donator is. And they are in for a big surprise.
A novel that is as gripping as it is moving, based on a true story.