Wolfgang Herrndorf

Arbeit und Struktur

© Rowohlt Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2013Wolfgang Herrndorf: Arbeit und Struktur © Rowohlt Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2013Since September 2010, everyone has been able to read how Wolfgang Herrndorf felt after learning in February of that year that his time was running out. His diagnosis was glioblastoma, a brain tumour, malignant, incurable. Wikipedia gave him “17.1 months following diagnosis”. Starting in March, Herrndorf wrote an online diary for his friends and six months later made it into a text that was generally available. Soon people were talking about it and often quoting it. Many people made it part of their weekly routine to call up “Arbeit und Struktur” (Work and Structure). The blog ends with the words: “Wolfgang Herrndorf shot himself on Monday, 26 August 2013 at approximately 23.15 hours on the banks of the Hohernzollern Canal”. Having read the book once, one is very much inclined to return to particular moments, for example the many dreams and memories to which Herrndorf alludes. They are, like what he reads, windows onto the world against which the author’s ego sets himself in order to remain an ego. As a hard atheist, he found a tone for his blog to write in a highly contemporary way about spiritual matters and to speak of ultimate and penultimate things with light, clarity and nuanced emotions.

Jens Bisky: „Der Abwehrzauber des Weiterarbeitens“
© Süddeutsche Zeitung, 7 December 2013

Wolfgang Herrndorf
Arbeit und Struktur
Rowohlt Berlin Verlag, Berlin, 2013
ISBN 978-3-87134-781-8
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