The Thirty-Fifth Year

The Thirty-Fifth Year

Peter Truschner

They are liberal, cosmopolitan, urbane, well-educated and sophisticated – but they are living in financially precarious circumstances, have breadline jobs, a few failed relationships behind them and a handful of fair-weather friendships that do nothing but weigh them down…

The first-person narrator and his friends live an unstructured existence. They number among the thirty-somethings who – caught up in a trance of movies, television and big city blues – refuse to grow up. Carsten gave it a try once, but now finds himself in the throes of divorce proceedings. Alex insists on playing the black sheep. Toni could always drink anyone under the table, and Sabine has been desperately searching for love on the internet for far too long.

And what about family ties? The mother from a broken home who has banked everything on her son’s education? Truschner shines a harsh and brutally accurate light on the dark side of his generation. The portrait of the mother – one of the most memorable passages of the book – reflects the yearning for stable relationships, if only with a newly-discovered half-sibling.

»A first-rate novel; at once subtle yet shattering, sensitive yet penetrating.« Karl-Markus Gauß

The Thirty-Fifth Year

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