In 2014, Saša Stanišić published his shimmering, wonderful and rightly accoladed novel Vor dem Fest
(Before the Festival). It is set in the fictitious village of Fürstenfelde, composed from a number of real villages.
The title story of his new book of short stories, Fallensteller
(Trappers), is just under 100 pages in length, making it by far the longest in the book. It has returned to Fürstenfelde and also to the choral narrative style. The writer has gone. But now, one day, the trapper appears on the scene, “ponytail at the back, bald at the front, black coat with a high collar like from a century when men wore breeches.”More ...