The Eskimo Roll
200pp (47,000 words)
If your canoe is about to capsize, you need to execute an Eskimo roll. You let the boat dip to one side, turn under water, then bounce the boat and yourself back to the surface, right way up. Margit Schreiner’s novel composed of short stories describes this Eskimo roll. Bang on the mark and unaffected as ever she writes about life’s lies, blurted confessions, the will to survive and the fear of failing at it.
And yet light shimmers through the surface: in the form of the first kiss, or the Bohemian lifestyle of the Humboldt cellar; upon the hand of the American monk on a tour of the priory; in the sense of a life beginning anew.
paperback - Random House/Goldmann
»A taste of tart cynicism laces Margit Schreiner’s sentences, like bitter chocolate.«
Ulrich Weinzierl, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»A wealth of images and themes, falling together to create a kaleidoscope of narration.«