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Amongst Loners von Christopher Kloeble
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180 Pages
ISBN 978-3-423-24665-1
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Christopher Kloeble

Amongst Loners

 

What constitutes a family today and who is actually part of it?

Angela and Erich are the parents, Simon and Katrin the children. Together they make up a family. But just listing the members doesn't mean it is a proper family. Erich and Angela have found their niches long ago, and Simon and Katrin also do their own thing. But what happens to this disintegrating family when the mother dies aged 45? Silence reigns, the mother's death is a taboo subject, as is the collapse of the family. Simon is the only one to deal with the issue head on - he starts to write about it and makes up an entirely different family history.

From the perspective of the parents and the children, Christopher Kloeble traces a web of obsession, yearning and isolation that divides this family as much as it holds it together.  

 
Author

Christopher Kloeble studied at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig, was writer-in-residence at Cambridge University (UK), at the Goethe Institute in Bangalore (India) and at the Deutsches Haus in New York (USA). In 2015 he was appointed Max Kade guest professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover (USA). His debut novel Amongst Loners won him the Jürgen Ponto Foundation literary prize, and his first screenplay, Inclusion, was filmed by Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation) in 2011 and received the ABU (Asia Pacific Broadcasting) Prize. In 2012 he published the novel Meistens alles sehr schnell in Germany which was released in the US under the title Almost Everything Very Fast in February 2016. A regular contributor to Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung and taz, he has homes in Berlin and Delhi.