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Euphoria

Translator: Kári Driscoll
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 224
Subject: Fiction

Euphoria

Heinz Helle

What becomes of man when all he has left is survival?

Paperback(Preorder only)
9781781256886 (Published 16 Feb 2017)
£11.99

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.

About the author

Heinz Helle was born in 1978. He studied philosophy in Munich and New York. He has worked as copywriter for advertising agencies, and is a graduate of the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. Euphoria is his second novel; his first novel Superabundance was also published by Serpent's Tail.

Reviews

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.

- FOCUS

Post-apocalyptic fiction told in scientifically precise, rhythmic language that unfolds just by its sparseness into great poetry

- NDR

Helle has mastered a rare tautness of expression ... it takes your breath away

- Die Zeit

Additional Information

Translator: Kári Driscoll
Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Pages: 224
Subject: Fiction

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