Nominated for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2020
How does an upright book person become a reactionary – or a revolutist? A stirring story about us all.
Norbert Paulini is a highly respected antiquarian bookseller in Dresden, where book lovers find treasures and like-minded people. For over forty years, he experiences ups and downs. Even when times change, customers fail to come and the Internet gives him competition, he tries to maintain his position. But suddenly we are faced with a hot-tempered, unforgiving man who is accused of being involved in xenophobic riots. The story takes a virtuoso volte-face: is Paulini a tragic figure or a murderer?
In a brilliant way, Ingo Schulze tells us about our country these days and pulls the ground of certainties out from under our feet.
Follow-up discussion (moderated by Lars Koch)
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