Buchtrailer zu "Unterwegs im Namen des Herrn"
On the Road in the Name of the Lord
- date of publication: 29.08.2011
- 208 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-23739-1
- Deutschland: 17,90 €
- Österreich: 18,40 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-446-23837-4
- E-Book Deutschland: 8,99 €
Thomas Glavinic is in the Balkans, on a pilgrimage towards enlightenment. Unfortunately, nothing comes of it. Worn down by the incessant prayers of his fellow travellers, he tries to escape. His bid for freedom fails - and he ends up in hell instead of heaven.
Together with Ingo, a famous photographer with the countenance of a world-weary gangster, Glavinic sets off for Medjugorje in Bosnia. In 1981 three shepherd's children witnessed the appearance of the Virgin Mary here, and since that day the remote mountain village has been inundated by believers in their thousands. They fast, sleep in austere lodgings and get up in the middle of the night to climb the hill above the village where the apparition was said to appear. Glavinic wants to see it with his own eyes. As if the fourteen-hour bus trip in the company of oddball fellow travellers and a bossy tour guide wasn't bad enough, once they reach Medjugorje they find themselves in an assembly line for devout tourists. Two days later Glavinic comes down with severe tonsillitis. He is brought back from the brink of a nervous breakdown by his father, who drives the two of them to Split. Before long, they find themselves wishing they had stayed with the preachers.
Glavinic has a razor sharp tongue, particularly when it's directed at himself, as is clear from his ingenious novel Das bin doch ich. But even this masterpiece of self-demolition pales into insignificance when his desperation turns into enlightenment.
Croatia (Edicije Bozicevic)