A happy man and other stories, or / oder, Der Glückliche und andere Erzählungen
A Happy Man and Other Stories or/oder Der Glückliche und andere Erzählungen draws together nine short stories by German author Axel Thormählen. Jochen, the title storyżs hero, is a man content in the face of othersż discontent and their foolish fear of mortality. Like Jochen, many of Thormählenżs characters live within deceptively simple, but impossibly profound movements, accepting the happy limits of life. Judith Freeman asks in her introduction, żthough we are drained, hunted to death, and out of breath, is [Jochen] not still, are we not all, happy men?ż Thormählenżs great achievement is that his stories move as much toward the answer as the question, but in the end leave both untouched and unrelenting. A Happy Man and Other Stories is published as part of the TrenchArt: Parapet Series.
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