Martin Mosebach liest aus "Was davor geschah"
What Went Before
What Went Before – Büchner prizewinner Martin Mosebach employs his great narrative skill and a detective-like attention to detail to stage a masterful game of love, chance, painful truth and philanthropic illusion.
A couple have only been together for a short time when the woman asks a dangerous question, which sounds quite innocent but already carries the seed of jealousy: what was your life like before we met? His answer turns into a whole novel, a web of truth and fiction, a veritable palace of lies built on the solid foundations of reality.
Is it really necessary for a family and two marriages to be torn apart in order for one happy couple to come together? Martin Mosebach conjures up a flickering, stifling atmosphere where the destructive energies of love’s many forms – humorous, tender and brutal – wreak havoc. In intense, ironically condensed scenes he portrays impenetrable characters in a seemingly transparent setting, while the vagaries of coincidence have a far greater impact than the happy or the unhappy would like to believe. Playful and confident, he succeeds in leading the reader onto the incredibly thin ice on which life performs its carefree pirouettes. Martin Mosebach tells a sinister, gripping and thrilling story, achieving the pinnacle of his greatly admired narrative skill.