The Black Egg
Business as usual in political Berlin, as petty jealousies, escalating incompetence and an addiction to publicity turn party functionaries into exotic neurotics. How to stay sane if you just want to work?
The hero of Heiko Michael Hartmann's DAS SCHWARZE EI is in the same position as many young people: university educated, with a good degree…and no job. Then a stroke of luck: he is summoned for a job interview at the offices of a political party! When he arrives, however, the sad truth comes to light – the secretary, herself only a temp, has polished his CV and enhanced his references. Now the young man has a job, based on qualifications he does not possess.
Work soon becomes a nightmare. Fear of being exposed as an impostor tortures the beginner, while careerist co-workers breathe down his neck. But then he meets a minister who takes a fancy to him...