Paperback (German), Croatian, Finnish, Spanish, Bulgarian
Format 125x205 Hardcover
EUR 17,90 / sFr 32,00
ISBN ebook: 9783701742516
published in Januar 2009
The Palace of Flies
Walter Kappacher received the Georg Büchner Prize 2009!
10 days in the life of Hugo von Hofmannsthal: an ageing author returns to the place of his childhood.
August 1924: It is rather embarrassment why the elderly writer H. returns to a place from his childhood – Fusch, a spa in the midst of Salzburg’s mountains where he had spent summer after summer with his parents when he was growing up. A lot has changed in the meanwhile: friendships have grown apart, his fame dates back several years and his work is endangered by his impaired health and the slightest disturbances. The change of time after the war has found its way even into the life in remote Fusch and H., who became a stranger to himself, participates only in observing.
During a walk H. becomes unconscious. Awaking, he gets to know young Doctor Krakauer, a duchess’ physician in private practice. He too is a repatriate in a foreign world. H. seeks to gain his friendship, but still there is the duchess and still there is a loneliness he cannot escape from.
Walter Kappacher tells from a life, which has been overtaken by the time. He tells with captivating intensity and with lucid empathy, as competent as virtuosic. He confirms his special position in the german-speaking literature: “a rare one” (Peter Handke).