When a chance encounter reveals what they share, an unusual and unlikely friendship ensues. A series of therapeutic meetings across the world, in Germany, England and America, sees each become the other’s confidant as they talk of their ‘black dog days’. With the eye of a masterfully subtle narrator, Michael Köhlmeier imagines a startling friendship of unique understanding between this extraordinary pair; a friendship of the twentieth century between art and politics, humour and seriousness, but which at heart remains an understanding between two men – the poor tramp and the grand statesman – who bring together the history of the century.
Michael Köhlmeier is an Austrian writer and musician. His works of fiction have met with critical acclaim and his many awards include the Manès Sperber Prize for Literature (1994) and Grimmelshausen Prize (1997).
‘The two friends had something in common few knew about. Michael Köhlmeier reveals it.’
– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung