The Years to Come
With masterful clarity, Norbert Gstrein writes about finding ourselves
Richard is at the peak of his life and yet running away: from his wife, although he once loved her, from his child, who is very important to him, from politics and from his everyday life. More clearly and closer to his characters than ever, Norbert Gstrein’s skilled novel tells the tale of an almost ordinary marriage, which gradually drifts apart until, in the end, shots are fired. Richard explores glaciers, whereas Natasha is more interested in people: she not only writes about them for a living, but also devotes her life to them. One day she opens their door to a family who have fled from the war in Damascus. And Richard? He gradually deserts his life, dreams of living in Canada and becomes entangled in adventures that are more than just infidelities. Norbert Gstrein has written his most beautiful novel to date. This portrait of a summer of new beginnings weaves a story about the rush of time, of people changing and getting older. “I only have ten years left!” cries one of his female characters. But after reading this book, we come to realise it’s not just about the coming years: it’s about every moment in life.