Rainer Merkel


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ISBN: 978-3-596-19640-1


688 Pages,
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ISBN 978-3-596-19640-1


‘Benjamin shuddered a little but then he simply drowned out his inner voice and told himself: This is an adventure. And adventures can’t help being exciting.’
Benjamin’s father ought to have picked him up. Instead, the thirteen-year-old boy finds himself all alone at Monrovia airport in the middle of the night. No passport, no luggage, only a stranger’s coat with its pockets stuffed with bundles of money. On his way into the city, he is followed by two shady characters, turning around to meet two boys his own age: Bo and the spoilt Brilliant. Were they expecting him in advance?
Rainer Merkel, whose last novel was shortlisted for the German Book Prize, gives us a journey through an African world and through growing up, told with audacious lightness of touch, a fast-paced road-novel to an unknown present. On his search for his father, Benjamin learns how to outgrow himself and experiences an adventure he will never forget.

About Rainer Merkel

Rainer Merkel was born in 1964 in Cologne. He studied psychology and art history and lives in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2009, he worked for Cap Anamur in Liberia’s only psychiatric hospital. His novels so far: Das Jahr der Wunder, for which he was awarded the Jürgen Ponto Prize, Das Gefühl am Morgen, Lichtjahre entfernt, which was on the shortlist of the German Book Prize, and the reports Das Unglück der anderen. Kosovo, Liberia, Afghanistan and Go Ebola Go. Eine Reise nach Liberia. Rainer Merkel was awarded the Erich Fried Prize in 2013.

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Rainer Merkel
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