Rights sold: Paperback (German), Serbian, Italian
Format 110x190 Hardcover
EUR 19,90 / sFr 33,80
ISBN ebook: 9783701742
published in September 2007
Sons and Planets
Rewarded with the Ernst-Willner-Preis 2008 at the Bachmann-Wettbewerb and nominated for the aspekte literature award 2007.
A haunting novel on fathers who remain sons, and sons who become fathers. An impressive literary debut.
René Templ, a young man and writer, finds a mentor, his intellectual paternity, in Karl Senegger. At the same time, however, he shirks his duties towards his wife and his child - as soon as he feels needed as a father, he shrinks to the size of his son. Karl Senegger, on his part, failed as a father; his son Viktor jumps to death. Was it an irrational act, the final drop of attraction between opposite poles? Or a desperate attempt to stand up against the one you owe your life? Karl Senegger shirks his responsibilities. The father who lost his son finally publishes his child’s literary legacy.
Four interwoven stories form this novel, all connected through their subjects, characters and motives. Clemens J. Setz illustrates how sons make their fathers grow, and fathers their sons – and how they break in the presence of each other. Sensitive and tender, joyously playful, but also with confidence and ease – this is a new voice, young and so diversified, a fascinating find.
Clemens J. Setz was born in 1982 in Graz where he lives as a student of mathematics and German language and literature. Publications include contributions to magazines and anthologies (manuskripte, Stimmenfang (Residenz, 2006). Member of literary circle Plattform. Sons and Planets is his first book.