Here Be Dragons

Fiction
Josten - cover
Hier sind Drachen
By
Husch Josten
Piper Verlag
160pp

Heathrow airport, the day after the November 2015 attacks in Paris. Caren, a journalist, is flying out to cover the aftermath. She has covered several terror attacks, most recently the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices, but in recent months has questioned the usefulness of her work. Her personal life, too, has suffered from the impact of witnessing so many tragedies. Sitting across from Caren is an older man reading Wittgenstein. The two strangers begin to talk. Their conversation is the centrepiece of Here Be Dragons. The central question: is it possible to tell a story that hasn’t been told before? Things take a dramatic turn when a bomb goes off at the airport, the old man suffers a heart attack, and Caren is taken in for questioning by the police…

Short and trim in structure, Here Be Dragons discusses burningly current topics. Lyrical descriptions, philosophical discussions and thriller elements make for a compelling, unusual novel. Josten combines a captivating plot of withheld identity and secret romance with an inquiry into our approach to reporting on terrorism.

Husch Josten, nacida en 1969, estudió historia y derecho constitucional en Colonia y París. Tras formarse y trabajar como periodista en ambas ciudades, se mudó a Londres a mediados de la década de 2000, y trabajó allí en labores de prensa. En 2011 se publicó su debut narrativo, "In Sachen Joseph" ("En cuanto a Joseph"); nominado para el premio literario Aspekte, se vio seguido de más novelas que le han dispensado grandes alabanzas. Husch Josten reside actualmente en Colonia.

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