Synopses & Reviews
“Of course I had to end up here . . .” Over ten rainy nights, Thomas, an ex-bargeman who used to be skipper of his own boat, walks the muddy fields of the landlocked German interior and remembers the events that lost him his home, his boat, and his livelihood: his apprenticeship in the cold halls of the Royal Naval College in London; the dangers of the mean streets and waterfront of New York in the 1970s, and Poland under martial law; Germany after the reunification, when for a year or so it seemed that the whole country drifted rudderless, drawn by the current of history to who knows where. In this novel from Gert Loschütz,Thomas remembers childhood, his first love, and the warnings of his grandfather: Beware the dark company! This mysterious band of men and women dressed in black cast a shadow over his story, as he wrestles with the secrets, the unplumbed depths of his soul, the hazards lurking below a seemingly placid surface, and throughout it all, the rain, falling night after night. Dark Company is a superb example of a distinctly German tradition in weird fiction which claims its roots in Kafka and Herbert Rosendorfer.
"In Loschutz's strange, shadowy novel, a former bargeman, Thomas, wanders the rainy streets of a landlocked German village encountering ethereal characters who weave between past and present, reality and imagination. As a young man, Thomas's grandfather warned him to 'beware of the dark company, the ones who never move,' and these mysterious characters plague Thomas throughout this life. He believes he sees an old friend from his time at London's Royal Naval College, which triggers a memory of the boy's disappearance and replacement by an odd classmate who introduces Thomas's friends to an eerie black magic. At another point Thomas is mistaken for the leader of a religious cult that launches violent attacks in the name of his assumed identity. Later, he follows a woman he believes is a girl he loved as a young boy only to discover that she is following another man. The truth remains obscured throughout these fragmented episodes but there remains a constant for Thomas: water: From the rivers he once navigated to the pounding rain that sets the haunting tempo of his nightly walks, the water, like time, meanders, obfuscates and reveals. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"A stroke of luck for every reader and a virtuoso work of literature!" Frankfurter Rundschau
About the Author
is the author of many short stories, children’s books, and novels, most recently Das erleuchtete Fenster
Samuel P. Willcocks translates from Czech, German, Romanian and Slovene into English and lives in Giurgiu on the Danube with his family.
Table of Contents
1. Dark Company
2. The Note
3. On the Night Trains
4. The Garden
7. Zero Forty
8. The Mistake
9. Its Not Friday Yet10. The Key