Foreign Rights → Title ListThe Collector

Rights sold: Book Club (German), Hungarian, Paperback (German), Polish

240 pages
Format 110x190 Hardcover
EUR 19,90 / sFr 34,90

ISBN: 9783701714421
ISBN ebook: 9783701743803

published in Februar 2006

Evelyn Grill

The Collector

Collecting as an obsession: the touching story of a junkaholic defying throwaway society.

Alfred Irgang is a collector. However, he does not collect stamps or antiques, but simply anything that he comes across: old newspapers, false teeth that are as good as new, and other things that naïve members of the throwaway society surrender to the garbage collection. Accordingly, his apartment and various cellar compartments are remarkably filled to the brim, which in turn leads to considerable difficulties with the property managers, which, on the other hand, does not keep him from his hunt for treasures. Does not a lady’s corsage have as much of a story to tell as a Biedermeier davenport?
At the regular’s table, where a group of scientists and art lovers meet, the collector likes to present his treasures but naturally meets little appreciation. When after an “occupational accident” he is confined to a hospital bed, the regulars see their chance to force their blessings on him ….

It is with subtle irony that Evelyn Grill tells of a society that considers itself to be good, while the motto “to live and let live” is buried by the insatiable desire to usurp a maladjusted person.

Evelyn Grill was born in Garsten (Upper Austria) and lives in Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany) as a freelance writer. Her recent publications include Vanitas oder Hofstätters Begierden (2005, “Vanitas or Hofstätter’s Desires”), Wilma (2007, Wilma) and Das römische Licht (2008, The Roman Light).



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