Tilman was supposed to be a roofer – just like his father and grandfather – but it wasn’t long before his size prevented him from following in their footsteps. At two metres thirty-nine, he is the tallest man in Germany. As Tilman continues to gain in height, he loses his girlfriend and his job but becomes a media sensation, his fame increasing in proportion to his size. However, he grows in other ways too, learning to play the piano and becoming a discerning reader. Before long his frame outstrips its surroundings. He is now a giant by profession – and learns how to make the best of it. But ultimately his life is threatened by his size – if he keeps on growing, his heart will eventually fail him.
This is the touching story of a man who grows to be an outsider and comes to see it as an advantage. A poignant novel full of surprising twists, imbued with gentle irony.