Janne Teller liest aus "Nichts. Was im Leben wichtig ist"
translated by Sigrid Engeler
- date of publication: 26.07.2010
- from age 14
- 144 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-23596-0
- Deutschland: 12,90 €
- Österreich: 13,30 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-23682-0
- E-Book Deutschland: 6,99 €
This book has triggered heated debates and will continue to do so: Nothing is a parable about the meaning of life – intense and primal, at once thoroughly chilling and deeply moving.
»Nothing means anything, so it’s not worth doing anything.« With these words, Pierre shocks his fellow pupils and walks out of school. The others resolve to prove their nihilistic classmate wrong: in an old sawmill, they collect things that demonstrate meaning in life. But apart from old photographs, a headless doll and a songbook, they don’t seem to be able to come up with anything much. So the kids decide they all have to give up something that means a lot to them: Ole’s boxing gloves, Hans’ new racing bike, Hussein’s prayer mat, Frederik’s Danish flag. The greater the sacrifice, the more meaningful it is. What starts out innocently enough soon escalates: Rieke has to part with her braids, and Gerda with her hamster. The two girls take revenge by raising the stakes and making even crueller demands: Lis’ certificate of adoption, Little Emil’s coffin, the severed head of a dog, and a statue of Jesus all land on the ‘meaning pile’. The project spins completely out of control when Sophie is told she must lose her virginity and Johan, who plays the guitar, must lose his index finger. At this point parents and the police intervene. The only one to remain completely unfazed is Pierre. He just laughs at them all for being willing to make such excessive sacrifices in their desperate attempt to find meaning. They take revenge on his ignorance in the most brutal manner imaginable…
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