ISBN: 978 3 351 03645 4Author
Heiko Kolbe is a hero unlike any other in literature so far. He comes from a broken background, but has a surrogate family: a gang of thugs who believe unequivocally in the purifying power of brawling. Heiko is a hooligan. Football? Doesn’t matter. What matters is physically letting off steam, group solidarity, reliability, the unwritten rules of drubbing. In vivid scenes, Philipp Winkler describes the lust for life and adrenaline of the "Hools”, and a culture of violence in which outsiders find their language. With this cracking debut, Winkler has succeeded in writing a novel about a subculture that doesn’t glamorise anything and is tough, sad and sometimes funny too.#
Philipp Winkler, born in 1986, grew up in Hagenburg near Hannover. He studied creative writing in Hildesheim and now lives in Leipzig. He spent time abroad in Kosovo, Albania, Serbia and Japan. His work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies, and, in 2008, he received the Joseph Heinrich Colbin Prize and, in 2015, the Literaturhaus (House of Literature) Graz’s Retzhof Prize for literature by young authors for excerpts from "Hool”. "Hool” is his first novel.