New Year


Original Title: Neujahr

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 192 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87572-9
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: September 10, 2018
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Juli  Zeh - New Year


A family vacation that turns into a nightmare

Lanzarote on New Year's Day: Henning is cycling up the steep path to Femés. As he is struggling against the wind and the gradient he recaps his situation in life. He is the breadwinner of the family, husband and father – yet in none of these roles can he recognise himself. He has been having panic attacks for a while, and they pounce on him like demons. When he finally reaches the pass in utter exhaustion a fluke incident takes him on a mental time journey back to his childhood. All of a sudden he relives a situation that almost cost him his life all those years ago and which continues to unsettle him.

New Year is the breath-taking story of two small children who in the middle of a holiday paradise end up in hell. It is also about the crisis of a man crushed between unclarified roles. And it deals with the existential question of whether our lives are already determined when we are children or whether it is us who decide on fortune and misfortune.

"The skillful hand of author Juli Zeh is evident throughout this masterful novel [...]." New Books in German

"[B]ecause both, the thriller and the analysis of society, are here intertwined so densely, New Year is perhaps Juli Zeh's best book to date."

Süddeutsche Zeitung


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