Wolf Wondratschek's masterful stories explore the fate of people caught in unbelievable events that turn their lives upside down. With great stylistic verve, he shows people whose lives at first appear to be well ordered chains of events, but are in
As always, it starts out peacefully. The famous surgeon hadn't planned to come out of retirement or ever to go back into an operating theatre. But then he hears of a Russian girl with a damaged spinal column. He operates on her. And he tries to imagine what will become of the girl. Will she become a doctor and help other people? Or will she use her newly won independence to marry the first man that comes along? "It's strange," Wolf Wondratschek writes, "how much we have to invent before life makes sense. What would reality be without our understanding of its inventedness? What worth would reality have without the comfort of humour, and what truth would love have if no-one suffered?"
Wolf Wondratschek writes life stories. They tell of people whose lives take on a will of their own and threaten the protagonists, wherever they are, whoever they are: a writer in Saint Tropez, a fireman in the Viennese Konzerthaus, a Russian girl, even a happily married couple.