Fiction – Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Lukas Bärfuss
Hagard

© Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2017 Lukas Bärfuss: Hagard © Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2017Bärfuss develops a story spanning nearly 180 pages set during a few days in March in a city “where indifference is the prevalent attitude”. Everything here - work, traffic, everyday life - is subordinate to productivity. And yet doubts creep into Hagard as to whether the infinite wealth and social carefreeness might soon be a thing of the past. (…)
Philip, a mobile phone addict and “property developer”, is supposed to be meeting a client in a café for a negotiation. The customer is late and fate takes its course. Tired of waiting, Philip leaves the café, sees a young woman and starts to follow her. Via elevators, through stations, past faceless concrete buildings and into the outskirts. Perhaps he is only following the “plum-blue ballerinas” on the woman’s feet. In Hagard, there is always something sinister about these and other consumer items and their presentation on screens and advertising hoardings. In French, hagard means “look around anxiously”. (…) In Hagard, Lukas Bärfuss instructs his readers to distrust their own sense perceptions. Reading his new novel prompts many thoughts, including bad ones, and that is a good thing.

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Lukas Bärfuss
Hagard
Wallstein Verlag, Göttingen, 2017
ISBN 978-3-835-31840-3
174 pages


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