The Long Letter

The Long Letter

Walter Kappacher

The widely-admired novel Selina, one of the great surprises of last year's book market, brought sudden fame to an author who had long been an insiders' tip.

Rofner, an insurance clerk, takes an increasing interest in S., one of his colleagues who, from one day to the next, has stopped coming to work. He soon begins a relationship with Eva, S.'s former girlfriend, and through her he has access to S.'s notes. Fragments of these are juxtaposed with Rofner's own diary, bringing the characters of Simon and Eva into focus. They, too, seek a way out, an end to confusion. Through S., whom he does not know personally, Rofner finds the courage to follow his own visions and step off the "conveyor belt". In his new book, Kappacher tells of "another life" and, without any naivety, calls upon us to remain faithful to our dreams.

"He is the most serious author I know … he is something that has become very rare: he is an original writer in the best sense of the phrase." Peter Handke

The Long Letter

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