192pp (35,450 words)
Loose, an unsuccessful author and occasional ghost-writer, is invited by his client, Professor Maurer, to the annual meeting of a botanical society somewhere in the provinces.
When Loose reads in the newspaper of a number of suicides which have taken place in a mystery-shrouded forest close to the location of the meeting he accepts the invitation.
The conference hotel, the neighbouring village and the forest radiate a tangible sense of threat. Loose decides to get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds the place.
Turkey - Galata
paperback - Piper
»The David Lynch among German novelists.«
»In his work, the threatening appears so subtly behind the mask of enlightened rationality and a crackling eroticism, Despite all the deliberate diversions, Loschütz’s novel is carefully composed and is interwoven with quiet comedy.«
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»This small, unputdownable piece of literature develops an irresistible
pull and leaves the reader perturbed.«
»This exciting and thrilling novel by Gert Loschütz shows once again: The
threat is not out in the world. It is inside our very selves.«
»Gert Loschütz’ new novel has a slow rhythm and a subtle tension that will draw you in.«
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
»Gert Loschütz ranks among the most important authors in German literature. (…) The brilliantly written novel remains thrilling to the very last page. Loschütz has succeeded in writing a literary showpiece.«
Norddeutscher Rundfunk Radio (NDR)
»Carefully and with great narrative skill Loschütz leads us to the most tricky and terrible place of perception, somewhere between reality and delusion.«