Helmut Krausser

Die letzten schönen Tage

© DuMont  Buchverlag, Köln, 2011 Die letzten schönen Tage © DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, 2011 David is your prototype metropolitan dweller, personifying all that is considered desirable: dynamism, success and beauty. The 38-year-old photographer goes to the right clubs, surrounds himself with models and snorts a bit of coke now and then. His aggressive manner also wins him due respect in his advertising agency. During a presentation, he attacks text writer Serge so forcefully that Serge suffers a breakdown. Provocatively, Serge’s girlfriend Kati is one of David’s conquests, which Serge does not suspect at all. Kati made her choice in David’s favour, which throws him off track for the first time in years. How his cold heart suddenly starts to beat again is one of the many stories Helmut Krausser weaves into his new novel Die letzten schönen Tage. Krausser skilfully splits the narrative perspective to make a kind of voice cluster, presenting the events from the perspectives of six different characters. Some of them, such as Kati and Serge, appear very frequently, even as first-person narrators, while others, such as David’s eleven-year-old niece Becky, appear just once.

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Helmut Krausser
Die letzten schönen Tage
DuMont Buchverlag, Cologne, 2011
ISBN 978-3-8321-9619-6
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