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Father is lying in state. With his death, the last thread linking the four siblings is severed. But before they inform anyone, the inheritance has to be divided up – provided of course that there is one. A caustic, ironic novel about the unpaid bills we all have to settle in the end.
Joschi is rather down-at-heel; he looks like a cross between Karl Marx and a homeless monk. Jakob has a lively personality and a career in the media. Uli is determined to protect his bohemian lifestyle at all costs. Linda, the only sister, is a woman of action, as resolute in her private life as she is in her work. But does that make her a better person? They’ve hardly set eyes on their father since he consigned his affairs to »that swine« and entrusted himself to the »Hungarian whore« who has nursed him since his wife’s death. The will is to be read tomorrow, and everything has to be sorted out before then. So until such times, no one is going anywhere … With adroit style and sparkling wit, Karl-Heinz Ott explores the bonds that hold a family together – and what drives it apart. Here is a group of relatives who are unable to relate – but maybe a long night will drag a few home truths into the harsh light of day …