The Present

The Present

Wolf Wondratschek

Father and son: the legendary rock-poet explains the world as he sees it to his son. The son is not remotely interested. Is the problem of "the Generation of '68" repeating itself?

Chuck - the hero of Wolf Wondratschek's famous book of poetry Chuck's Zimmer -has grown up. He gave himself a present that is meant to liberate him from his precarious existence: he has fathered a son. Now the boy is 14 and displays exactly the same symptoms that turned Chuck into a rebel - specifically, he wants nothing to do with the world of his parents. Wolf Wondratschek gives us his version of the Generation of '68 in flashbacks: the absolute rejection of political involvement and the wonderful, cool love stories, the story of the psychedelic drugs and the misery they led to, as well as the important role played by literature and music. His son is less than enthusiastic. He grumbles and gripes and refuses to listen while his father delivers his words of wisdom. What's going on in his head?

In this at once funny and tragic story, Wolf Wondratschek tries to find out what makes the son tick. Of course the son will always be a gift, even if he drives his father to the verge of despair.

The Present

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