Fiction – Novels, Novellas, Short Stories

Jonas Lüscher
Kraft

© C. H. Beck Verlag, München, 2017 Jonas Lüscher: Kraft © C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2017The man that is the subject of this novel knows what he wants, has ideas and the ability to assert himself – his energy lasts quite a while. But since establishing himself in his career, making his bourgeois dreams of having a family come true and losing them again, he has been rather dissatisfiedly marking time. His old friend from university, István, who lives in the USA, advises him to take up an enticing offer. A million dollars have been offered for a convincing answer to the question of why everything that exists is good but could still be improved. (…)
A stinking rich Internet entrepreneur allows himself the fun of inviting thinkers from all around the world to come to Silicon Valley and be rewarded for their brainwaves. Well, actually, just one such person. Kraft’s university career and family life are at a turning point. A big cash injection like that would solve all his problems. The Swiss author Jonas Lüscher, who was born in 1976, stirred up the literary scene last year with his lucid novella about a stock exchange crash Frühling der Barbaren (Barbarian Spring). He has chosen another contemporary political subject for his first novel. He succeeds here too. The book is at home in the debates about the future of the capitalist model of society in the face of religious and commercial warfare, climate change and the exploitative use of resources. He sends his hero to a region where the world’s most successful companies are flourishing - Google, Apple, Facebook.

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Jonas Lüscher
Kraft
C. H. Beck Verlag, Munich, 2017
ISBN 9783406705311
240 pages


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