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304 pages
Format 125x205 Hardcover
EUR 22,90 / sFr 32,90

ISBN: 9783701715473
ISBN ebook: 9783701742

published in August 2011


Peter Henisch

A grand finale for Novak

A novel with a big bang and full of subtle irony: funny, tragic, stunning!

Novak is a late bloomer when it comes to the wide world of emotions, which he discovers in a hospital, of all places. Because his hospital roommate keeps him from sleeping, the Indonesian nurse Manuela lends him her walkman and tapes, thus infecting him with her love of opera. After being discharged Novak somehow can’t get back into the routine of his regular, ordinary life.

Manuela has opened his ears – not only to opera, but also to the annoying racket of everyday life: noise from lawn mowers, jackhammers and his wife Herta. While he continues his new of listening to opera, Herta suspects another woman behind his new passion. She’s not that far off the mark. But Manuela suddenly disappears. Was she merely an illusion on the stage of Novak’s middle-aged dreams? Or could his wife somehow be involved in her quiet disappearance? Even without her, the grand finale is a striking as an opera: cruelly dramatic.

Peter Henisch , born 1943 in Vienna, studied Philosophy, German Studies, History and Psychology. He is the co-founder, songwriter and singer of the band “Wiener Fleisch und Blut” (1975) and co-founder of the literary magazine “Wespennest”. Henisch has lived and worked as a free-floating author in Vienna, Lower Austria and Tuscany since 1971.

His first literary publication was “Hamlet bleibt” in 1971. In 1975 he published the novel “Die kleine Figur meines Vaters” (re-published by Resindenz Verlag in 2003) which has achieved cult status. In it Henisch deals with his father’s past as an official war photographer during the Nazi era. Most of his musical work is produced in cooperation with Woody Schabata and Hans Zinkl.

Henisch has been critically acclaimed and received numerous awards, among them the Anton-Wildgans Preis and the Literaturpreis der Stadt Wien. His novels “Die schwangere Madonna” (Residenz, 2005) and “Eine sehr kleine Frau” (2007) were both nominated for the Deutscher Buchpreis. Recent publications include “Messias” (2009).

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