The Walnut Tree across from the Shop Where You Buy Your Bread
The End of Paradise is Near!
360 pp (101,000 words)
Who am I? Where and in what year? Question upon question plagues the narrator as he wanders from bar to bar in a small, unnamed town and wallows in memories of his past— and present? He describes the daily trials and tribulations of his own life and life in general and thinks about the drinker Plaschko and the futility of the bank robbery.
The novel The Walnut Tree across from the Shop Where You Buy Your Bread
with its combative subtitle The End of Paradise is Near! marked Peter Kurzeck’s literary debut in 1979. It already bears the hallmarks of the searching narrative style that later became legendary. The novel’s sensual parenthetical asides and digressive footnotes are unique in his oeuvre.
This new edition includes an afterword by the author and Kurzeck expert Andreas Maier.