Synopses & Reviews
Its Berlin in the summer of 2003—sunshine for weeks on end, weather to fall in love. And thats just what Christian Eich, the main character in Ulrich Peltzers acclaimed novel Part of the Solution, does; but thats not all. Christian Eich, a thirty-something freelance journalist, is researching a story on the radicals of the previous generation in Germany. His path keeps crossing with Nele, a young member of a left-wing group of student activists who are resistant to the increasing control and surveillance of all spheres of life by state and commercial institutions. Not just a simple love story, Part of the Solution is in fact a thriller that leads from Berlin into the East German countryside and finally to Paris.
Peltzers keen observations of urban life are enriched with many concrete details specific to Berlin. Part of the Solution captures the feel and the reality of Berlin today and goes beyond it, touching on details common to the precarious lives of all inhabitants of contemporary cities. The unlikely couple of Christian and Nele come together despite all the differences of generation and character in this decidedly political novel grounded in present-day realities.
Despite his esteemed reputation in Germany, Peltzers novels have never before been available in English and this surprising and captivating book will be a fitting introduction for English readers unfamiliar with his work.
“Berlin may be at the heart of Germany’s literary life; sadly, however, great novels about the capital have been few and far between over the past few decades. This novel is a notable exception, as Peltzer interweaves an East-West romance with a thriller on anarchists gone underground. Superbly translated by the late Martin Chalmers, it offers a shrewd portrait of the city today.”
About the Author
Ulrich Peltzer lives in Berlin and has written film scripts and five novels, including Stefan Martinez and Bryant Park. Martin Chalmers is a translator and editor living in Berlin. His translations include The Silences of Hammerstein by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, also published by Seagull Books.
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