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Düffel, John von

Beste Jahre (The Best Years)

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DuMont, August 2007, 300 pp
ISBN: 978-3-8321-8035-5
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In this, his sixth novel since his breakthrough success in 1998, the incredibly gifted John von Düffel, who couples the careers of writer and actor, takes on the themes of role-playing (does one ever exist except as a role player?) and fertility, when the principal character, whose wife has undergone treatment so that they can have a child, does a related service to an old friend and jealous rival, a lawyer, who has recently re-entered his life. Combines the poetry of an imaginative and fluent style with the precision of good stage directions and the intelligence of a witty essayist. A talent waiting to take the stage here?

Longlisted for the German Book Prize 2007
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John von Düffel was born in Göttingen in 1966 and is currently the resident dramatist at Hamburg’s Thalia Theatre. His prize-winning debut novel Vom Wasser was published in 1998 and since then he has published three further novels.

Translated editions of his work are published by:
Otava (Finland), Albin Michel (France), Mondadori (Italy), Dulnyouk Publishing (Korea), Del Bronce (Spain), Prometheus (The Netherlands), New Sprouts Publishing (Taiwan)
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Translation rights available from:
DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag
Tel: +49 221 2241942
E-mail: habermas@dumontliteraturundkunst.de 
Contact: Judith Habermas

DuMont Literatur und Kunst Verlag
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