Toby is roughly 19 or thereabouts – he doesn't know his precise date of birth. Nor does he know much about the city where he lives – it's far too big. All he knows is its seamy side, the fraud and violence of its lawless underbelly. His sister Sima was the only person who meant anything to him, but she has disappeared without trace. And when one day Toby realises that there's nothing holding him here, he sets out on a journey, not knowing where it will take him.
In his latest anthology of short stories, Christoph Meckel paints a deeply disturbing damaged landscape, where man is forever destined to remain a stranger. Yet we can always rely on the poetic force of one of the foremost narrative voices in contemporary literature to transcend the all-enveloping darkness of this nocturnal nightmare realm.
"Brilliantly blurring the boundaries between hallucination and reality, Christoph Meckel creates a sinister dreamscape that cannot fail to lure the reader in." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)