Terézia Mora: Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent [The Only Man on the Continent]


The latest addition to my website is Terézia Mora‘s Der einzige Mann auf dem Kontinent [The Only Man on the Continent]. The novel, told in a mixture of the first and third person tells the story of Darius Kopp, a forty-something, overweight, asthmatic man, from the former East Germany, who is the sole representative on continental Europe of a US company that manufactures and installs computer networks. Darius is married to Flora, a Hungarian immigrant (like Mora), and is generally happy with his life. He has little ambition, likes eating and drinking, spending time with Flora and going out on binges (eating and drinking) with his best friend, Juri. Apart from mindlessly surfing the Internet, he has no other interests or ambitions. The story takes place over the span of a week (though with lots of past history thrown in), a week that will see Darius receive €40000 in cash on account, from a Greek who is installing a computer network, be unable to contact his employers about the issue and seemingly lose Flora. Darius is a man of routine and these issues give him much concern. It is a very funny novel, which gives a picture of Germany which is probably not the conventional image of Germany that foreigners have. Sadly, it has not been translated into English.

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