Martin Kordić

Wie ich mir das Glück vorstelle

© Carl Hanser Verlag, München, 2014Martin Kordic: Wie ich mir das Glück vorstelle © Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich; 2014The Bosnian boy who was maimed at birth and who is not quite right in the head, “though a doctor will never find out why”, as he says himself, is the touching hero of Martin Kordic’s debut novel. The title “Wie ich mir das Glück vorstelle” (What I Imagine Happiness is Like) is initially misleading because happiness is something that is scarce in these one hundred and seventy pages. At best, there is an inkling of what it means in memories of early childhood in the “village of the happy”, with cows, pigs and grandma’s home-made pasties. Instead, Martin Kordic, who was born in Celle in 1983, tells the story, sometimes from the boy’s first-person perspective, sometimes in the third person, of the suffering of a disabled child who has never known anything but war because the battles in Bosnia are being waged around him.

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Martin Kordic
Wie ich mir das Glück vorstelle
Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich, 2014
ISBN 978-3-446-24529-7
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