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Kalmann

Kalmann

Published by Diogenes as Kalmann
Original Title: Kalmann

He is the self-appointed sheriff of Raufarhöfn, and has everything under control. There’s no need to worry. Day by day, he treks the wide plains which surround the almost deserted village, hunts Arctic foxes and lays shark bait in the sea — to process the fish into the Icelandic fermented delicacy, hákarl. But inside Kalmann’s head, the wheels sometimes spin backwards. One winter, after he discovers a pool of blood in the snow, the swiftly unfolding events threaten to overwhelm him. But with his naive wisdom and pure-hearted courage, he makes sure everything takes a turn for the better. There’s no need to worry.

»It can get pretty dark beneath a polar bear.«
Kalmann


General Fiction
352 pages
2020

978-3-257-07138-2

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»This is an incredibly funny, highly suspenseful, very beautiful and affectionate novel.«

Johannes Kößler / ORF, Vienna

»A gripping novel with a light criminal plot.«

Pia Zesilsky / WDR 2 Lesen, Cologne

»He lets the Icelandic world shine from within and you grow fond of the main character.«

Manfred Papst / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»Joachim B. Schmidt’s novel is more than a crime novel; it’s a meticulously researched, unpretentiously narrated reportage of everyday life in a far, icy corner of the earth.«

Martin Halter / FAZ, Frankfurt

»To know Kalmann is to love him.«

Stefan Keim / WDR 4, Cologne

»Joachim B. Schmidt’s novel Kalmann sensitively depicts Iceland’s answer to Forrest Gump – a guy who may be slow on the uptake, but who is, in his own unique way, a connoisseur when it comes to the art of living.«

Augsburger Allgemeine, Augsburg

»This is an incredibly funny, highly suspenseful, very beautiful and affectionate novel.«

Johannes Kößler / ORF, Vienna

»A gripping novel with a light criminal plot.«

Pia Zesilsky / WDR 2 Lesen, Cologne

»He lets the Icelandic world shine from within and you grow fond of the main character.«

Manfred Papst / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»Joachim B. Schmidt’s novel is more than a crime novel; it’s a meticulously researched, unpretentiously narrated reportage of everyday life in a far, icy corner of the earth.«

Martin Halter / FAZ, Frankfurt

»To know Kalmann is to love him.«

Stefan Keim / WDR 4, Cologne

»Joachim B. Schmidt’s novel Kalmann sensitively depicts Iceland’s answer to Forrest Gump – a guy who may be slow on the uptake, but who is, in his own unique way, a connoisseur when it comes to the art of living.«

Augsburger Allgemeine, Augsburg
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