By Terézia Mora
In Terézia Mora's earlier publication - Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent [The simply guy at the Continent] - we left Darius Kopp in an unsatisfied state of affairs. the pc community corporation he labored for - Fidelis - had simply merged with one other corporation, Opaco. Darius have been sole continental Europe consultant for Fidelis yet now those duties have been to be taken over by way of the workers of Opaco, established in Romania. Darius used to be made redundant. furthermore, his mom used to be very unwell in clinic. most significantly, plant life, his spouse, had additionally misplaced her activity and had determined to go away Berlin as soon as and for all and had long past to survive a farm together with her good friend, Gaby, leaving Darius. The publication ends with Darius arriving on the farm and telling flowers that she is the one love of his lifestyles. This novel opens a few eighteen months later. Darius resides in his apartment yet is in a negative country. We study after some time what occurred. plants had moved to a shack and have been residing on her personal, regardless of the poor iciness, vowing by no means to come back to Berlin the place she had did not locate appropriate employment. the subsequent may possibly, she hanged herself. Darius was once devastated and has stayed inside of his condo ever in view that - it really is now spring of the next yr - dwelling on pizza, alcohol and tv. first and foremost of the e-book his good friend, Juri, is attempting to aid Darius get his existence again jointly and, particularly, get him a role either for his psychological future health and for his finances.
Juri has obtained Darius an interview yet issues don't cross good, as he will get right into a struggle with a dwarf to be able to the interview and the police are known as. Darius now realises that he's now not able to re-enter the office and makes a decision to trigger for jap Europe, with the ostensible goal of burying Flora's ashes. We persist with Darius' trip yet, while, we keep on with Flora's magazine. Darius had came across this magazine however it was once completely in Hungarian. He had had it translated into German - one hundred fifty pages - and he's studying it on his trip East. (Mora divides the web page with a horizontal line, with Darius' trip on best and Flora's magazine at the bottom.) Darius continues to be devastated by means of Flora's loss of life and on many events he imagines her with him and talks to the imaginary vegetation. The diary is devastating for Darius because it is obvious that flowers was once very depressed, whatever he used to be nearly blind to. She had a tricky adolescence - her mom used to be an alcoholic and killed herself - she was once sexually burdened and not was once capable of finding any task commensurate together with her highbrow skill and aspirations. She had therapy for her melancholy - she provides many scientific information - and pondered suicide sooner than she eventually killed herself. particularly, so far as Darius used to be involved the worst used to be that he used to be slightly pointed out. a few of the names she purely pointed out by way of a unmarried preliminary. He regarded in useless for the preliminary D. The magazine used to be divided into separate records, with the identify given merely in Hungarian, which diversified from an account of her adolescence to poems and numerous comments approximately her lifestyles. One dossier was once known as kétségbeesésröl, this means that depression in Hungarian. Its is a quick dossier yet has a couple of pithy rates akin to Arbeit ist das beste Mittel gegen Verzweiflung [Work is the simplest potential opposed to despair]. and Die Masse der Menschen lebt in stummer Verzweiflung [The mass of guys lead lives of quiet desperation.], the well-known quote from Thoreau's Walden. Flora's final struggle opposed to melancholy (presumably the monster of the identify) is, as we all know, doomed to failure.
Meanwhile, we're following Darius on his trip, considering and chatting to plants (in his brain) for all time. He has a German's view of the peoples of the East. In Slovakia he sees a guy who appears very suspicious and wonders if the fellow goes to assault him and prepares his defence. while he realises that he has a puncture, he's convinced that the fellow has performed it. In Hungary, he is going to Flora's birthplace and attempts to discover lines of her. he's puzzling over how one can bury her. He meets a guy known as Zoltan, with whom he turns into pleasant and while he asks Zoltan if he can simply bury her within the cemetery, Zoltan responds Keine Ahnung, sagte Zoltan. Aber hier ist alles Mögliche möglich. Wir sind schließlich keine Deutschen, comprehend? [No notion, acknowledged Zoltan. yet every thing is feasible right here. in the end, we're not Germans, understand?] he's charged €10,000 for burying the ashes yet they remain within the boot of his automobile, as he travels from Budapest around japanese Europe/Western Asia. He meets Oda in Albania and travels your time along with her, as she reminds him of flowers. He meets Doiv, an English girl. He is going to Croatia, Georgia, Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey. Is he trying to find peace and reconciliation? to discover himself? to discover Flora?
Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent [The basically guy at the Continent] used to be a great booklet yet a little bit tongue in cheek, as we watched Darius stumble in either his activity and private lifestyles, with out being conscious of his failings. We had purely the slightest glimpses of Flora's melancholy. Darius was once a well-meaning if a bit of inept guy. This ebook has a really diversified and much extra critical tone. either Darius and plants (as good as Oda, whom we meet later) have been from Soviet bloc international locations (Darius used to be from the previous East Germany), as was once Mora herself. This lack of the place of birth and the truth that neither of the couple relatively healthy into smooth Germany is a part of the tale. yet Mora's description of Flora' melancholy and Darius' response to it, as he reads her magazine, are masterful, as is Darius' try and reconcile Flora's melancholy and suicide together with his existence because it is now. This e-book deservedly received the German booklet Prize in 2013 and i'm certain that this publication might be acknowledged as the most effective novels of the early twenty-first century.
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