Rainer Maria in Quest of Paradise
Rainer Maria is a slug prone to melancholy with a passion for two things above all else: beer and the poetry of his namesake Rainer Maria Rilke. One fine day, he sets off in search of the meaning of life, and, in the vicinity of a gourmet restaurant, he encounters a damsel in distress: Italian shrimp-lady Tiger Lilly Prawn. Tiger Lilly initially takes him for a monster, but as she's hardly spoiled for choice she lets him rescue her anyway. He plans her escape, and escorts her back to her home on the Adriatic Sea in a delivery van. Once arrived, they go their separate ways and Rainer Maria's dream of living happily ever after on a shrimp farm is shattered. But it is not long before Tiger Lilly falls into the clutches of the food processing industry yet again, and needs rescuing all over…Featuring probably the first slug in the world with the unflinching courage to tackle life's deepest philosophical questions head-on, this has all the makings of a cult classic. As with all Daniel Glattauer's books, we urge caution – this slim volume, a collaboration with Johanna Roither, is as dangerously addictive as all the rest!
"Glattauer has the great talent of being able to surprise his readers time after time." Brigitte