Leif Randt is the invited author for the eighth meeting of Goethe Institute’s international online book club. Leif will read and discuss his novel Allegro Pastell with the audience.
THE BOOK: “Allegro Pastell”
Leif Randt writes about happiness; about Tanja and Jerome; about reality and badminton; about ideal conditions, and the weddings of others. A love story set in the 2010s…
Tanja Arnheim, whose debut novel PanoptikumNeu enjoys cult status, turns thirty in a few weeks. With a view of Berlin’s Volkspark Hasenheide, she is waiting for an explosive idea for her new book. Her boyfriend – five years older – the sought-after web designer Jerome Daimler, lives in his parents’ bungalow in Maintal increasingly tries to understand his life as a spiritual retreat. The couple’s long-distance relationship seems to work perfectly: they remain closely connected through text and image and visit each other for long weekends in their respective realities. Jogging through a nature reserve and meditating in southern Hesse’s Main valley, permanent drifting communication and sexual fulfilment in Berlin.
Jerome and Tanja are there for each other, but not lost to each other. Parents, friends and depressive siblings reflect a suffering to which Tanja and Jerome remain largely immune. But the desire to preserve their affection without it becoming bland or painfully existential presents the couple with a great challenge.
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