The Fire Above, the Mountain Below

Translated by Wieland Hoban
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Reinhard Jirgl’s strikingly individual novel The Fire Above, the Mountain Below demonstrates that he is not only unorthodox in his approach to language, but also difficult to pin down in terms of any genre. Weaving together elements of crime story, Cold War espionage, family tragedy, and a dystopian future, he creates a tapestry of fragile humanity and menacing inhumanity. The investigation of a series of gruesome killings takes a detective inspector into explorations of a secret intelligence programme in former East Germany and the role of a family with a tragic history. The more is uncovered, the more disorienting it becomes, and the reader is drawn into a complex web of discovery and suppression.

‘Perhaps the most important author in contemporary German literature.Die Zeit

 
ISBN: 9780857427793
Format: Hardback
Publication Year: October 2021
Size: 6" x 9"
Rights: UCP
Pages: 312
Series: The German List
Category: Fiction
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