Wolfgang Herrndorf

Sand

Wolfgang Herrndorf
Berlin: Rowohlt, 2011
480 S.
ISBN 978-3-87134-734-4
It is the year 1972. In Munich the Israeli Olympic team is attacked by the Palestine terror group “Black September”. In Africa Pan-Africanism is rising – with Lumumba from Congo as a leading figure. At the same time the novel tells of the murder of four members of a hippie commune in the North-African oasis town Tindirma. The murders – the reasons for which are unknown – cause a great stir, not least because the victims are of European and American origin. The suspect, Amadou Amadou, is arrested immediately and sentenced to death. However, shortly before his execution he manages to get away from the two incompetent inspectors Casidanes and Polidorio.

At the same time there are several other mysterious characters in Tindirma and the nearby coastal town of Targat: the attractive, many-talented American Helen Gliese, who passes herself off as a representative of an American cosmetic company, the impatient, mysterious Swede Lundgren who operates under the alias Herrlichkoffer, the rich gangster boss Adil Bassir and a man on the run who has lost his memory due to a head injury. What follows are more murders, kidnappings and torture. As the “man without memory” starts searching for his identity, he has to consider the possibility that he himself might be a smuggler, a carrier of important information or part of a deadly conspiracy. Or perhaps he is by coincidence simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?

    Wolfgang Herrndorf: Sand
    (Sand)

    The false leads and complex plot reminiscent of Kafka’s text, make Wolfgang Herrndorf’s novel Sand an ideal template for the screenplay of a psycho-thriller. The location of the criminological confusion is the desert, which becomes a central theme – it is endless, deadly, unforgivable, empty, mysterious, but at the same time attractive.More ...