Hans-Ulrich Treichel

© Jerry Bauer, Suhrkamp Verlag
© Jerry Bauer, Suhrkamp Verlag
Hans-Ulrich Treichel


Der Verlorene

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Hans-Ulrich Treichel, born on August 12, 1952 in Versmold/Westphalia, lives in Berlin and Leipzig. He studied German literature at the Free University of Berlin, receiving his doctorate in 1984 with a dissertation on Wolfgang Koeppen. He was a German language instructor at the University of Salerno and the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. From 1985 to 1991 he was an instructor of contemporary German literature at the Free University of Berlin, where he received his postdoctoral qualification as a professor in 1993. Hans-Ulrich Treichel has been a Professor at the German Creative Writing Program at the University of Leipzig since 1995.

Selected bibliography

  • Anatolin, 2008
  • Der Felsen, an dem ich hänge, 2005
  • Menschenflug, 2005
  • Gespräch unter Bäumen, 2002
  • Der irdische Amor, 2002 (Turkish: Yeryüzündeki Amor: Roman, trans. Erol Özbek, İletişim publishing company)
  • Der Entwurf des Autors, 2000
  • Über die Schrift hinaus, 2000
  • Tristanakkord, 2000
  • Der Verlorene, 1998 (Turkish: Kaybolan, trans. Tanıl Bora, İletişim publishing company)
  • Heimatkunde oder Alles ist heiter und edel, 1996
  • Der einzige Gast, 1994
  • Von Leib und Seele, 1992
  • Seit Tagen kein Wunder, 1990
  • Liebe Not, 1986

Der Verlorene

Hans-Ulrich Treichel’s novel tells of a family in whose lives nothing seems to be out of the ordinary. Their flight from eastern Germany in the last year of World War II is followed by their successful establishment of a new life for themselves during the economic upswing of the postwar years. However, the family is preoccupied with a single overriding concern: their search for the family’s firstborn son Arnold, who was lost during the family’s trek to the West. “Arnold isn’t dead. And he didn’t starve to death either,” Arnold’s younger brother, the first-person narrator, is told one day by his parents. “I now began to understand that Arnold, my not-dead brother, was playing the starring role in my family and had relegated me to a secondary role.” In the boy’s imagination, his parents’ dearest wish becomes a nightmare: the possibility that the lost brother might be found. Treichel’s narrative, which is laconically distanced and at the same time extremely funny, deals with the psychic effects of the search for the older brother, the family’s emotional heights and depths, and the subtle mechanisms developed by the parents and also the son as they cope with this situation, which burdens all of them.

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