Original Title: Mohr im Hemd oder Wie ich auszog, die Welt zu retten
Hardcover with jacket,
13.5 x 21.5 cm,
5.3 x 8.5 Inches
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.50* (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price
Publishing House: DVA Belletristik
Date of publication:
August 27, 2012
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Tragicomical, powerful and abundant
Ali has his eyes and ears everywhere. He is – or at least that's what he says – fifteen years old, comes from somewhere in western Africa, claims to speak forty languages and is extremely well informed about living and dying in the poorer countries of the world. Ali can do everything, knows everything and there is only one reason why he is leading a dreary existence in a Viennese hostel for asylum seekers: he, the advocate of the suppressed, the protector of everyone who has been humiliated, sees it as his honourable duty to liberate his fellow inmates from their fears and nightmares. His wonder weapon: telling stories. Ali seduces with his tales, and he uses scathing ridicule and subversive humour in his daily quest to save the world.
A wise novel which, with its powerful language and inexhaustible joy of making up stories, holds up a mirror to our world.
“Horváth weaves a story that at times leads into surreal atmospheres, a weft in which he brings some devastating passages artfully to a crash landing – especially when the strategy of witty gliding transition no longer functions. A literarily courageous debut, one that provides an exact and fresh look at those people who are gladly overlooked by the middle of society.” Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
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