About the book
Somewhere in the Austrian Alps, a group of men in their thirties have gathered for a weekend away. When they come down from their cabin, the world has ended. As the men wander through this destroyed human landscape, Euphoria's nameless narrator reveals only small, shocking details - a crashed helicopter, a boy sitting impassively beside his murdered parents, a provincial nightclub full of charred bodies. Seeking food and fuel for the fire, but finding only the pointless remnants of their suddenly vanished world, the men realise that all they have left is their lives. And are those really worth anything in a world where their future has crumbled away, their past remains only as an empty taunt and their present is reduced to the monotonous trudge of animal survival?An austere, troubling tale of how quickly men become beasts, Euphoria explores the repressed savagery of human nature and the disturbing meaningless of a world run free from society's restraints.
Leaves you shivering. In a crystal clear, poetic language Helle ... speaks of beauty and indifference of nature, the survival instincts of man, our cruelty but also our capacity for friendship.
Post-apocalyptic fiction told in scientifically precise, rhythmic language that unfolds just by its sparseness into great poetry
Helle has mastered a rare tautness of expression ... it takes your breath away