edited by Hans-Harald Müller, afterword by Hans-Harald Müller
- date of publication: 07.03.2011
- 272 Pages
- ISBN 978-3-552-05534-6
- Deutschland: 21,90 €
- Österreich: 22,60 €
It is the end of the First World War, and a time of ghosts: former officer Georg Vittorin cannot forget the humiliations he endured at the hands of camp commander Seljukow.
Vienna 1918/19: Unable to put behind him the humiliations he suffered as a prisoner of war at the hands of Russian camp commandant Seljukow, former officer Georg Vittorin decides to return to Russia with false papers to seek vengeance. It is the beginning of a dramatic pursuit that propels him through the Soviet Union, all the way to Constantinople, Rome, Milan, Paris and beyond, culminating in the long-awaited 'duel without witnesses' in Vienna.
Wohin rollst Du, Äpfelchen became a catchphrase for the uncertainty and anxiety people felt about the future as the 1920s drew to a close. After reading the book, James Bond's creator Ian Fleming wrote to Perutz: "I can only say that I admire your style, your language and your art in its finest detail. The word 'genius' has long relinquished its meaning as a result of misuse, otherwise I would have simply described the book as 'a work of genius'."
"Perutz was particularly skilled at telling his stories with merciless precision and leading his readers to the point where all rational and moral certainties break down, and suspense turns into unadulterated horror." Der Spiegel
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