From the Countryside
by Dominik Barta
Dominik Barta, maybe the Austrian answer to Édouard Louis, takes us in his strong debut novel to the today politically charged provinces. - When Theresa, around sixty years old and a farmer’s wife, suddenly feels ill, all certainties crumble. Her grown-up children have to travel from wherever they have ended up in order to finally talk to each other again. Theresa’s husband has to learn to accept help and feelings. And even twelve-year-old Daniel has to confront his stubborn uncle Max in order to protect his only real friend. But Theresa is silent, finds no words, no way out. Dominik Barta continues a great tradition of Austrian literature. With precision, archaic power and empathy, his debut novel is about ordinary people and circumstances.
Chinese Simplified (Yilin Press)
Dominik Barta, born 1982 in Upper Austria, studied in Vienna, Bonn and Florence. He won the ZEIT essay competition in 2009 and an Ö1 literature competition in 2017 and also writes for the theatre. Vom Land is his first novel.
- Publisher Zsolnay
- Publication Date January 2020
- ISBN/Identifier PZ00000007
- Publish StatusPublished
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