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Graue Bienen

Grey Bees

Published by Diogenes as Graue Bienen
Original Title: Serye pchely

When honey tastes of war.

Grey Bees is a novel about a war that has almost been forgotten, a novel full of atmosphere and wisdom, which forces the reader to slow down, reminding him of what matters most: preserving the integrity of nature.

Beekeeper Sergej lives in Donbass, where Ukrainian fighters and pro-Russian separatists exchange gunfire on a daily basis. He survives by following the motto: Hear nothing, see nothing – stay out of it. His only concern is the well-being of his bees. Because the bees’ world continues to be ruled by intelligent order and wonderful productivity while mankind wreaks havoc. One spring, he sets off: He wants to bring the bees to a region where they can collect nectar in peace.


General Fiction
448 pages
2019

978-3-257-07082-8

World rights are handled by Diogenes
(except Russian and Ukrainian rights)

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»Grey Bees is a political book, but the author also strives for it to be understood as a book about the history of humanity.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»At the same time poetic and poignant.«

Gala, Hamburg

»With the novel Grey Bees, the author Andrej Kurkow has once again achieved a resounding success.«

Peter Budig / Nürnberger Nachrichten

»Kurkow tells Sergej’s story in a predominantly light and humorous tone, but frequently interweaves grotesque scenes of destruction.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»Andrej Kurkow’s novel illustrates the life of a civil society that lives in a war without being at war themselves.«

Simona Pinwinkler / Salzburger Nachrichten

»Kurkow tells Sergej’s story in a predominantly light and humorous tone, but frequently interweaves grotesque scenes of destruction.«

Gisela Erbslöh / SWR2, Baden-Baden

»With Grey Bees, Andrej Kurkow has produced a sharply-drawn picture of the festering conflict in the Ukraine, one from which the rest of Europe has long since averted its gaze.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»It is highly impressive how Andrej Kurkow manages to create a melancholic mood in his tale of the happiness seeker Sergej without descending into pathos.«

Terrance Albrecht / WDR 5, Cologne

»Grey Bees is a political book, but the author also strives for it to be understood as a book about the history of humanity.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»At the same time poetic and poignant.«

Gala, Hamburg

»With the novel Grey Bees, the author Andrej Kurkow has once again achieved a resounding success.«

Peter Budig / Nürnberger Nachrichten

»Kurkow tells Sergej’s story in a predominantly light and humorous tone, but frequently interweaves grotesque scenes of destruction.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»Andrej Kurkow’s novel illustrates the life of a civil society that lives in a war without being at war themselves.«

Simona Pinwinkler / Salzburger Nachrichten

»Kurkow tells Sergej’s story in a predominantly light and humorous tone, but frequently interweaves grotesque scenes of destruction.«

Gisela Erbslöh / SWR2, Baden-Baden

»With Grey Bees, Andrej Kurkow has produced a sharply-drawn picture of the festering conflict in the Ukraine, one from which the rest of Europe has long since averted its gaze.«

Sigrid Löffler / Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Cologne

»It is highly impressive how Andrej Kurkow manages to create a melancholic mood in his tale of the happiness seeker Sergej without descending into pathos.«

Terrance Albrecht / WDR 5, Cologne
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