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Der Halbbart

Halfbeard

Published by Diogenes as Der Halbbart
Original Title: Der Halbbart

Sebi, our teenage hero and narrator in Charles Lewinsky’s epos, is not exactly tailored to the rough medieval world he’s born into: gifted with youthful wisdom, he is more of a storyteller than a warhorse. With these qualities, he hardly meets the demands in the rural Swiss village in 1313. However from Halfbeard, a stranger from a distant region, the boy discovers both the good and the bad in humanity – and does come into his own as he dedicates himself to the power of narration: the truth is in the telling.


General Fiction
688 pages
2020

978-3-257-07136-8

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»Like this figure its creator Charles Lewinsky is a storytelling machine who proves his versatility in his new novel Halfbeard.«

Tobias Sedlmaier / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»The art of storytelling is critically examined and rapturously appreciated. That is both a celebration and a joy.«

Martin Oehlen / Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurt

»But he also tells touching, moving events, he portrays highly differentiated characters with inner lives that cannot be fully unearthed.«

Roman Bucheli / NZZ, Zurich

»Above all Lewinsky reveals the power stories possess and what terrible realities can come out of them.«

Fabienne Nägeli / SRF 2, Zurich

»The lines between fiction and reality blur. This is what good literature is.«

Frank Pommer / Die Rheinpfalz, Ludwigshafen

»Exciting, funny and drastic, distressing and sensitive – and saturated with a melancholy faith in reason.«

Hansruedi Kugler / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»Lewinsky is in top form with his narrative exuberance.«

Rico Bandle / Der Bund, Berne

»Charles Lewinsky knows how to make history into a compelling story.«

Mathias Ziegler / Wiener Zeitung, Vienna

»Like this figure its creator Charles Lewinsky is a storytelling machine who proves his versatility in his new novel Halfbeard.«

Tobias Sedlmaier / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»The art of storytelling is critically examined and rapturously appreciated. That is both a celebration and a joy.«

Martin Oehlen / Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurt

»But he also tells touching, moving events, he portrays highly differentiated characters with inner lives that cannot be fully unearthed.«

Roman Bucheli / NZZ, Zurich

»Above all Lewinsky reveals the power stories possess and what terrible realities can come out of them.«

Fabienne Nägeli / SRF 2, Zurich

»The lines between fiction and reality blur. This is what good literature is.«

Frank Pommer / Die Rheinpfalz, Ludwigshafen

»Exciting, funny and drastic, distressing and sensitive – and saturated with a melancholy faith in reason.«

Hansruedi Kugler / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»Lewinsky is in top form with his narrative exuberance.«

Rico Bandle / Der Bund, Berne

»Charles Lewinsky knows how to make history into a compelling story.«

Mathias Ziegler / Wiener Zeitung, Vienna
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