Wishes Have a Life of Their Own

Wishes Have a Life of Their Own

Thomas Glavinic

Jonas pays no attention to the inconspicuous stranger who sits down next to him on the park bench where he is whiling away his lunch break. That is, until he makes an astonishing offer: "Tell me the three wishes you'd most like to come true, and I will grant them." It is obviously just a game, and Jonas plays along. But what should he wish for? The man soon moves on, but not without quietly warning Jonas: "Make sure you give your wishes time to unfold." Over the next few weeks, strange things start happening in Jonas? well-structured life as a husband, father, advertising copyrighter and passionate extramarital lover. His son, who has always been a little short, suddenly becomes a great deal taller. Then the value of his shares goes sky high. And, by sheer good fortune, he escapes an aeroplane crash. But when night falls, his insomnia leads Jonas into perplexing situations full of mysterious symbolic portents. Then one evening he finds his wife lying dead in the bathtub. Does the night know more of his innermost wishes than Jonas himself?

"Novelists tell stories, but novelists of Thomas Glavinic's rank create worlds in which we become immersed to the point of losing ourselves." (Ulrich Weinzierl, Die Welt)

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Wishes Have a Life of Their Own


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