VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin
Daniel Goetsch
Fünfers Schatten
16.02.
Roter Salon

Literature

Presented by: Wiebke Porombka

On a small island, just off the French Mediterranean coast, Diehl struggles to find the right words for his autobiography, leading him to question his entire rushed life. That's where he meets an American named Jack Quintin, who's almost twice as old as him, drinking his nightly cognac on a hotel terrace and appearing to be at peace with himself. They converse, explore the island, admire Georges Simenon's house. Quintin begins to recount how he found himself in war-torn Europe in 1944, how he interrogated prisoners of war in Germany and campaigned for the re-education of Nazis. Diehl is fascinated by Quintin's life story, which appears to be eerily linked to his own. He throws his biographical project away and tells his publisher about his plans for a great novel. But gradually it becomes clear that Jack Quintin is not who he claims to be. After Diehl's ex-wife leaves with their son after a whistle-stop visit, he realises that the American has also disappeared.

Daniel Goetsch, born in Zurich, lives as a freelance author in Berlin. His most recent novel is titled Ein Niemand (A Nobody).

Photo: Annette Hauschild/Ostkreuz

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