What is the power of a common man

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Timon Kalr Kaleyta

The story of a common man

Piper Verlag, Munich 2021
ISBN 9783492070461
Hardcover, 320 pages, EUR 20.00


Our narrator is kissed by happiness. He, the boy from a simple family, senses that fate has big plans for him. It was only when Helmut Kohl lost the election in 1998 that his confidence showed cracks. Is everything getting worse now? After graduating from high school, he set out on the journey to the very top, full of euphoria and yet maximum concern. He almost experienced great success with his band, almost embarked on a steep academic career, he almost found happiness in love and was constantly prancing on the brink. But if you want to believe him - and he doesn't want anything anymore - everything will be fine for him in the end.

Review note on Süddeutsche Zeitung, April 13th, 2021

Reviewer Christiane Lutz is a bit baffled that she willingly followed the caustic hero in Timon Karl Kaleyta's picaresque novel for so long - through the fat, narcissistic eighties in North Rhine-Westphalia, to the humanities studies including a semester abroad, to the cockiness and hypocrisy. Actually annoying, says Lutz, but also funny and, above all, described quite accurately. The fact that the text has an autobiographical background also seems to put Lutz in a mild mood.
Read the review at buecher.de