At Night They Are Animals
296pp (70.000 words)
»›I have nothing to hide‹ is a synonym for ›I do what I’m told‹, and therefore a declaration of bankruptcy for the notion of the autonomous individual.«
The NSA scandal has confused and unsettled many internet users. We – the politically apathetic, the »just because« egocentrics, the self-quantifiers – are frantically cancelling our accounts with Facebook and Co. Juli Zeh, who initiated a worldwide writers’ protest against such surveillance, refuses to be satisfied with this. Passionately advocating for free speech, she encourages us to do the same. She examines why we have allowed a prepackaged notion of »happiness« to be imposed upon us and why we participate so meekly in the »circuit training of society«, becoming a homogenous mass that has abdicated its responsibilities.
One of the most successful writers of her generation, a lawyer and unorthodox thinker, Juli Zeh takes a stand in her new essays on some of the most controversial and pressing issues of our time.
Filipino (Tagalog) - European Book Anthology/Goethe Institut (Excerpt)
paperback - Random House/btb
»Juli Zeh lends the reader her eyes and ears; she is a shrewd observer and a poetically compelling writer.«
Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag
»Juli Zeh, qui capte tout de suite la sympathie par sa franchise, son sourire en coin, son ton enjoué, est devenue une romancière reconnue et couronnée de nombreux prix.«
»Juli Zeh enlightens the democratic idea with her essays.«
»Juli Zeh’s style of writing is admirable, as well as the power she puts in non-stop publishing of new books. Not least because of her industriousness, but also on account of her courage to speak her mind, Juli Zeh is that successful.«
»NACHTS SIND DAS TIERE can be read as a historical document and a timeless book that consistently reminds us of the importance of the issues at hand.«
»On a linguistic and stilistic level, Juli Zeh's essays are without exception a revelation. Her reflection on the difference between ›why‹ and ›what for‹ is definitely worth the read.«
»It is a stroke of good fortune that Juli Zeh as a writer can write political texts convincing not only in terms of content, but also aesthetically.«
»Juli Zeh stands against cosy pigeonholing.«