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Der ehemalige Sohn

The Ex-Son

Published by Diogenes as Der ehemalige Sohn
Original Title: Biwschij Sin

After being trampled at a mass panic in his Belarusian hometown, 16-year-old music student Zisk falls into a coma. Most people give up on him, his girlfriend, his mother, his doctor. Only his grandmother Elvira Alexandrovna stays by his side and sees to it that he is taken care of - for days, months, years. Zisk's mother falls in love with the doctor and has a baby with him. After ten years, at the very moment when Zisk is told that his grandmother has died, he wakes up. He realizes that his family has moved on to another period in their lives, that they don't want him anymore. The country as a whole, however, is still governed by the same authoritarian president, the general brain drain persists, the police quickly smother any kind of protest. Will Zisk find his place in Belarus?


General Fiction
320 pages
2021

978-3-257-07156-6

World rights are handled by Diogenes
(except Russian rights)

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»It seems to me that a cult writer of the first twenty years of the 21st century has appeared in Russia, replacing Viktor Pelevin.«

Mikhail Davidson

»Despite its brevity and Belarusian style, you are holding a really big Russian novel – perhaps the one that literature has been awaiting for years.«

Mikhail Idov / GQ Russia, Moscow

»If we leave out Svetlana Alexievich, who is already a classic, today the leaders of the literary course are Algerd Bakharevich in the Belarusian-speaking segment and Sasha Filipenko in the Russian-speaking segment.«

Nikolai Khalezin / (Playwright and director of the Belarus Free Theatre)

»When I had opened the book by Sasha Filipenko, I saw a great novel about the events taking place today in Belarus.«

Sergei Chuprinin / (Literary critic and jury president for the ›Russian Prize‹)

»The book is extremely lyrical. I don't think I've ever read anything better about a grandmother's love for her grandson.«

Alex Dubas / (Russian author)

»A powerful, dense, surprisingly sincere text.«

Natalya Sindeeva / (Founder and CEO of Rain TV)

»The Ex-Son was published in Russian back in 2014; a significant detail, because the novel has lost none of its topicality«

Nora Zukker / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»Sasha Filipenko made us more closely acquianted with Belarus and its history. The fact that his book remains topical even seven years after its publication shows how dire the situation is«

Uli Hufen / WDR 5, Cologne

»The Belarusian author Sasha Filipenko depicts all this and more in his new, witty, acerbic, combative and outstanding novel.«

Volker Weidermann / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»This literal irony of history  is densely narrated, with humour and bitter solemnity.«

Cornelia Geißler / Berliner Zeitung, Berlin

»Perhaps the most moving and shocking release of spring 2021: Sasha Filipenko's prophetic debut novel The Ex-Son, available for the first time in German, depicts the hell of the Lukashenko regime.«

Dagmar Kaindl / Buchkultur, Vienna

»A brilliant novel that undermines the facts with humour.«

Peer Teuwsen / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»In this novel, too, the young author impresses with his considerable imaginative talents and stylistic force. A must read!«

Lilo Solcher / Augsburger Allgemeine, Augsburg

»Filipenko’s metaphor is impressive: it’s as though it wasn’t Franzisk in a deep sleep, but the world around him.«

Jutta Sommerbauer / Die Presse am Sonntag, Vienna

»Filipenko’s novel is emblematic of the wound which, even six years on from its first appearance, continues to bleed heavily.«

Bernadette Conrad / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»The Ex-Son couldn’t have appeared at a more fitting time than the Lukashenko twilight in Belarus.«

Jens Uthoff / taz, Berlin

»Highly topical, skilfully narrated and deeply moving.«

Dagmar Kaindl / Buchkultur, Vienna

»In this novel, humorous and bitter in turn, Filipenko depicts a country living in a state of paralysis, beneath a blanket of fear.«

Kristian Teetz / Sonntag, Hannover

»And yet The Ex-Son envisions the end of this dictator: almost a Good Bye, Batka!«

Peter Zander / Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

»Filipenko’s style is clean and unadorned.«

Marco Kefting / Münchner Merkur, Munich

»It seems to me that a cult writer of the first twenty years of the 21st century has appeared in Russia, replacing Viktor Pelevin.«

Mikhail Davidson

»Despite its brevity and Belarusian style, you are holding a really big Russian novel – perhaps the one that literature has been awaiting for years.«

Mikhail Idov / GQ Russia, Moscow

»If we leave out Svetlana Alexievich, who is already a classic, today the leaders of the literary course are Algerd Bakharevich in the Belarusian-speaking segment and Sasha Filipenko in the Russian-speaking segment.«

Nikolai Khalezin / (Playwright and director of the Belarus Free Theatre)

»When I had opened the book by Sasha Filipenko, I saw a great novel about the events taking place today in Belarus.«

Sergei Chuprinin / (Literary critic and jury president for the ›Russian Prize‹)

»The book is extremely lyrical. I don't think I've ever read anything better about a grandmother's love for her grandson.«

Alex Dubas / (Russian author)

»A powerful, dense, surprisingly sincere text.«

Natalya Sindeeva / (Founder and CEO of Rain TV)

»The Ex-Son was published in Russian back in 2014; a significant detail, because the novel has lost none of its topicality«

Nora Zukker / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»Sasha Filipenko made us more closely acquianted with Belarus and its history. The fact that his book remains topical even seven years after its publication shows how dire the situation is«

Uli Hufen / WDR 5, Cologne

»The Belarusian author Sasha Filipenko depicts all this and more in his new, witty, acerbic, combative and outstanding novel.«

Volker Weidermann / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»This literal irony of history  is densely narrated, with humour and bitter solemnity.«

Cornelia Geißler / Berliner Zeitung, Berlin

»Perhaps the most moving and shocking release of spring 2021: Sasha Filipenko's prophetic debut novel The Ex-Son, available for the first time in German, depicts the hell of the Lukashenko regime.«

Dagmar Kaindl / Buchkultur, Vienna

»A brilliant novel that undermines the facts with humour.«

Peer Teuwsen / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»In this novel, too, the young author impresses with his considerable imaginative talents and stylistic force. A must read!«

Lilo Solcher / Augsburger Allgemeine, Augsburg

»Filipenko’s metaphor is impressive: it’s as though it wasn’t Franzisk in a deep sleep, but the world around him.«

Jutta Sommerbauer / Die Presse am Sonntag, Vienna

»Filipenko’s novel is emblematic of the wound which, even six years on from its first appearance, continues to bleed heavily.«

Bernadette Conrad / Aargauer Zeitung, Aarau

»The Ex-Son couldn’t have appeared at a more fitting time than the Lukashenko twilight in Belarus.«

Jens Uthoff / taz, Berlin

»Highly topical, skilfully narrated and deeply moving.«

Dagmar Kaindl / Buchkultur, Vienna

»In this novel, humorous and bitter in turn, Filipenko depicts a country living in a state of paralysis, beneath a blanket of fear.«

Kristian Teetz / Sonntag, Hannover

»And yet The Ex-Son envisions the end of this dictator: almost a Good Bye, Batka!«

Peter Zander / Berliner Morgenpost, Berlin

»Filipenko’s style is clean and unadorned.«

Marco Kefting / Münchner Merkur, Munich
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