Headhunter

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New Directions Publishing, 1994 - Fiction - 402 pages
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The first thing to be said about Uwe Timm's novel Headhunter, as every one of the many outstanding reviews on its publication in Germany noted, is that it is a thoroughly engrossing book - "gripping and entertaining from beginning to end" (FAZ). The second thing is that Timm, with a wonderfully light and precise touch, has created a multi-layered, multi-faceted book that addresses the times we live in and, most particularly, the role of money and the financial cannibalism of recent years. The narrator Peter Walter is a charmer, a master storyteller who has used that skill to siphon off millions from clients hoping to strike it rich on the commodities market. Escaping to Spain on the day his trial verdict is to come down, he intends to devote himself to his hobby, study of Easter Island. But a detective is on the trail of the missing millions, and Walter's uncle, an established author, is planning to use Walter's life story in a novel. Walter sets out to write his own intriguing autobiography - from his childhood in Hamburg's red-light district to his success in the world of high finance.
 

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HEADHUNTER

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The second of German author's Timm's five novels to be translated into English (The Snake Tree, 1990) gleefully targets everything we love to hate about the 1980's—heartless greed, financial ... Read full review

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Peter Walter conducts a seemingly idyllic life: his fine house is in a beautiful area; his attractive family seems contented; his intellectual life combines scholarship and introspection. Yet tensions ... Read full review

Contents

The call
1
The stone dream
17
Ascension day
45
On running across ice
58
Window display
81
The surfer
100
topedo boats go for the enemy
129
Stiletto heels
138
Banknotes washproof
225
The lizard in the bottle
244
A proverb of solomons
258
The window handle
273
Fictitious creatures
286
The bed in the corridor
299
The little apple man
317
The surf boat
341

Strawberry flavor
156
The murderer in the ruins
172
The flashlight
190
The man with red hair
210
The swede
359
Escape
377
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