The Day My Grandfather was a Hero
- date of publication: 24.07.2017
- 112 Pages
- Deuticke Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-552-06349-5
- Deutschland: 18,00 €
- Österreich: 18,50 €
- E-Book ISBN 978-3-552-06360-0
- E-Book Deutschland: 10,99 €
In spectacular, brilliant style, Paulus Hochgatterer once again proves that he is that he is one of the most important contemporary Austrian writers.
In October 1944, on a farm in Lower Austria, a thirteen-year-old girl turns up, disturbed and appearing to have lost her memory. Nelli is taken in and becomes a part of the family. A few months later, a young Russian turns up one night – a forced labourer who has escaped German captivity. He has nothing with him but a canvas roll, which he guards like a hawk. A tender relationship grows between him and the girl, but it is abruptly interrupted by the arrival of a group of Wehrmacht soldiers in retreat. Paulus Hochgatterer tells the story of how a long-lost painting reappears and a simple man becomes a hero. He tells of fear, longing, and everyday life – and of those moments, when history becomes highly personal.
LONGLISTED FOR THE AUSTRIAN BOOK PRIZE 2017
UK/USA (Maclehose Press/Quercus), Arabic Countries (Kalima), Croatia (Leykam International), France (Mercure de France), Netherlands (Wereldbiblotheek), Norway (Solum)