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Augustin Erba: novel for the family "The extraordinary strangeness of life"

Augustin Erba: novel for the family "The extraordinary strangeness of life"


Two steps in this book are meant to break hearts. Once Amadeus is in the playground. First day of school, next to him a girl. Two rows, because you take your hand. The problem: Amadeus does not even know how to take someone by the hand.

The second place is even sadder. The father dies. He returns home from the service and collapses dead in the bedroom. The mother hugs her children – for the first time.

"The Striking Strangeness of Life" is a family novel about extreme conditions: Amadeus' parents have so much in common with their precarious neighbors in the prefabricated buildings on the outskirts of Stockholm. The father is an atomic physicist who emigrated from Egypt. The mother comes from the lineage of Archduke Rudolf of Austria-Hungary.